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Gion & Higashiyama in Kyoto
The traditional neighborhood of Gion along with its Geisha has contributed to making Kyoto famous. Despite an urban metamorphosis, the spirit of Kyoto positively asserts itself here.
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The Philosopher's Path, Kyoto
The Philosopher's Path (Tetsugaku no Michi in Japanese) in north-east Kyoto gets its name from a famous philosopher who regularly walked this route for quiet contemplation.
Villa Okochi Sanso
Easily accessible but uncrowded, Villa Okochi Sanso offers beautiful views of the city and the surrounding mountains, not far from other sights of Kyoto.
Gion is the soul of Kyoto. A timeless district, it has preserved the customs and the appearance of medieval Japan. Shinbashi dori marks its northern boundary.
Sento-Gosho Imperial Palace
In the Imperial Park in Kyoto, built on the vestiges of the last emperor's residence, today you'll find a pleasant garden and two period tea houses.
"Behind me the Kamo rushes toward the purple mountains, everywhere the plants spread onto and consume the river in phosphorescent patches.
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