Oft heralded as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, Japan is a country that has managed to hold tightly onto its deeply ingrained roots as a culturally rich nation.
What makes Japan so special?
The country is the epicentre of a universally-beloved culture which includes the likes of manga, anime, and classical Japanese films. Plus, the catchy tunes from J-pop’s heyday and the certainly not-to-be-missed cuisine of Japan then round off a truly well-beloved culture.
Kyoto City — Cultural Heart of Japan
With all the goings-on in uber-modern Japan, the oriental island nation is still somewhat able to maintain a tight grip on its traditional cultural identity without straying too much from the advancement of technology. And there’s really nowhere in Japan which epitomises traditional Japanese culture than in the country’s cultural capital of Kyoto.
While other more modern cities in Japan offer a range of contemporary experiences, Kyoto sticks to the basics. Think numerous classical Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, gardens, imperial palaces, and peaceful albeit quiet neighbourhoods lined with traditional Japanese wooden house and you’ve got a clear idea of what Kyoto entails.
Oh, and not to forget the bountiful food spots Kyoto has to offer!
Indeed, Kyoto is definitely a wonderful destination to visit regardless of the time of year. However, there’s actually the perfect time to visit this idyllic city in Japan — spring or fall. During this time you’ll be able to avoid the harsher weather of winter and summer, while also skipping the massive crowds.
If you’re particularly fortunate, you may even bear witness to Kyoto’s blooming season. Similarly, the fall season also ushers in flashes of hues comprising the colours of red, orange, and yellow from the maple trees that the city has come to be known for. All in all, the picturesque scenery perfectly meshes well with every bit of the warm-coloured facade of Kyoto’s many famous temples.