Kyoto is a prefecture in the Kinki region, and approximately 55 percent of its population is concentrated in the capital city of Kyoto. The prefecture stretches from the north to the south. The southern area is an inland region that centers around Kyoto Basin, and the northern part faces the Sea of Japan. After the Heiankyo was founded here in 794, Kyoto flo
urished as the center of Japan’s politics, economy, and culture as a capital of the country. The metropolitan Kyoto features streets that are aligned like the intersections on a chess board, and each of the streets on all four directions has a name of its own. Houses built in the style called “Kyo Machiya” line up, creating a special ambiance and landscape unique to this ancient town. There are many old architectures and historical sites in Kyoto, and they are included in UNESCO’s world heritage list as the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.” When sightseeing in Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera, Rokuon-ji (the Golden Pavilion), Jisho-ji (Silver Pavilion), Nijo Castle, and Byodo-in and Phoenix Hall are essential sites to see. If visitors travel further to the north to the area that faces the Sea of Japan, they can also enjoy the view of Amanohashidate, which is considered one of the three most scenic views in Japan. There are also many traditional crafts in Kyoto, and Nishijinori (Nishijin loom textile), Kyo Yuzen (Yuzen dyeing), and Kyo shikki (lacquer ware) are famous. Kyoto vegetables, black beans of Tanba, and tango chirimen (silk crepe) are local signature products. Kyo-ryori (cuisine of Kyoto), which forms the foundation of present Japanese cuisine, developed under the influence of imperial culture and aristocratic society. Nishin soba (herring soba) to be eaten on New Year’s Eve to signify the passing of a year represents a unique food culture of Kyoto. This soba was invented at the end of the Edo period, inspired by herring seaweed that had been eaten in Kyoto since long ago. In summer, dishes prepared with pike conger are popular, and yudofu (hot tofu) that transmits the spirit of the Buddhist vegetarian tradition is also enjoyed by tourists. Yatsuhashi is an authentic souvenir confectionary of Kyoto. There are fresh yatsuhashi made by wrapping sweet bean paste with thin dough of rice flour and sugar and baked, crisp yatsuhashi.
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