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Kyoto, formerly known as Meaco, and nicknamed the "City of Ten Thousand Shrines", is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan, and was the capital of Japan for over one thousand years. Today Kyoto is a thriving metropolitan city, yet retains much of its heritage in the form of Shinto Buddhist Temples, Castles, gardens, and various other structures and landmarks. The bustling city is packed with modern attractions such as shopping centers, and at night the cityscape is lit up with neon signs and advertisements. Finding your ideal hotel in Kyoto can be a difficult experience, particularly if there are hundreds of hotels to choose from. Thanks to Venere, this process is made simple with the aid of thousands of user submitted reviews, hotel photo galleries, and a Google maps applet so that you can explore the area around your hotel.

What's Kyoto Like?

From shopping streets to museums, Kyoto is a city with something for everyone. The city is littered with historical and cultural landmarks, and offer an authentic look back into the Middle Ages, such as Fushimi Inari Shrine, which was built to honor the Shinto god Inari, or the 14th century Kinkaku-ji Temple, built as a residence for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Shopping streets such as Teramachi Street and Shinkyogoku, as well as malls such as JR Kyoto Isetan and Daimaru Kyototen offer everything from high street fashion labels, to more niche or specialized products. For a more guided look into Japanese history and culture, the Kyoto National Museum and Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum offer a selection of artifacts and exhibits which showcase the events that have helped shape Kyoto. There are also guided bike tours available in the city, offering a serene way to explore Kyoto.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Kyoto

Kyoto has a humid subtropical climate, which can cause hot and humid Summers and snowy Winters. The Summer months of mid-June to mid-September have an average temperature of 28°C, but has been known to rise as high as 38°C. Kyoto is a city which you could spend hours exploring on foot, and for this reason, coupled with the high temperatures, you should always carry a backpack with bottled water and dry snacks. Many places throughout Japan experience somewhat of a craze for Western culture, and with a high education standard, many of the locals will speak English to some degree, however it would still be advised to carry a pocket reference book. For news regarding local attractions and transport, you can find the tourist information office on the second floor of Kyoto Station on Shimogyo-ku.