Kyoto, in the central part of Honshu, the main island in the Japanese archipelago, was for a millennium the imperial capital of Japan and is know as the city of a thousand temples.

It is a city of great cultural and historical wealth, full of tradition and exquisite gastronomy.

Kyoto is home of hundreds of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines throughout the city. Some  have been declared World Heritage Sites, such as: Byodo-in Temple, Daigo-ji Temple, Ginkaku-ji Temple or The Silver Pavilion, Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, Kinkaku-ji Temple or the Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kozan-ji Temple, Mt.Hiei-zan Enryaku-ji Temple, Ninna-ji Temple, Nishi-Hongwan-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji Temple, Saiho-ji Temple, Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, Tenryu-ji Temple, To-ji Temple and Ujigami-jinja Shrine.

All of them are surrounded by beautiful gardens, some of which are clear examples of Japanese landscape architecture, such as the Ginkaku-ji Temple or The Silver Pavilion; others known for their cherry trees that bloom in April, like the Daikaku-ji Temple; others that dazzle in autumn when the maple trees change colour, like the Tenryu-ji Temple and others with beautiful stone gardens like the Ryōan-ji Temple.

For more information about Kyoto and its temples, click here.

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