City that Continues to Captivate People from All Over the World
Kyoto City is the center of traditional cultures, with 15 World Heritage Sites including shrines and temples that represent Japan. The traditions and cultures are deeply enrooted in the lives of the people born and raised in Kyoto bearing beautiful colors as well as annual events such as the Gion Festival. Kyoto is also blessed with a magnificent natural environment surrounded by three mountains including Higashiyama and the flow of the fascinating Kamogawa River that changes its appearance during each season.
Kyoto City is a Treasure House of Traditional Cultures
In the history that dates back as far as 1,200 years, the ancestors of Kyoto have worked to build the city as the center of Japanese culture by developing and inheriting irreplaceable cultural assets and distinguished cultural arts, while incorporating the cultures and ideas brought from all over the world and continuously making efforts to create something new. Such accumulation of traditional cultures have become more significant through affiliations with academic research and industries.
Furthermore, the cultural arts of Kyoto are deeply impacted by the city environment famous for its scenic beauty that fuses with traditional buildings including temples, shrines and townhouses, and the historical townscape formed by these buildings. At the same time, such environment has allowed citizens to settle while also creating free and continuous opportunities for exchange with people inside and outside Japan.
Landscape as the Base of Harmony between Inheritance and New Creation of Traditional Cultures
In this region surrounded by luscious green mountains that gently extend over three sides and the sound of water from the Kamogawa and Katsuragawa Rivers, unique cultures both elegant and delicate have cultivated as a city with a history of 1,000 years. Such city form centering on green mountains and limpid streams has also served as an example of urban development by various regions of Japan.
The landscape of Kyoto as a basin has continued to soothe and give peace of mind to visitors as the hometown that symbolize the souls of the Japanese and as an identity of Japan, characterizing Kyoto as none other than Kyoto, and as a city where one can still feel close to nature and enjoy the calm atmosphere. Such scenery of Kyoto was born through the cultures and lives of Kyoto citizen in its long history.