Kyoto (京都) is the cultural capital of Japan owing to its countless number of temples, shrines and other historical structures, and being the home of kabuki theatre, and geisha. It used to be the capital city of Japan for over a thousand years until it was moved to Tokyo in 1868 by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.
We spent several days exploring Kyoto and visited several of its amazing temples, including Kiyomizudera (清水寺), Eikando (永観堂), Ginkakuji (銀閣寺), Kinkakuji (金閣寺), Ryoanji (龍安寺), Tofukuji (東福), and Saihoji (西芳寺). Each temple was selected for this tour for their unique features.
We also visited other well-known sights in Kyoto including the Sagano Bamboo Grove, the thousands of torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, Pontocho Alley, and the geisha districts of Gion and Miyagawacho.