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Kyoto – Video of the Day

This is the million-dollar view you come to Kyoto for

Photo by Kieran Meeke

Kyoto – Video of the Day This is the million-dollar view you come to Kyoto for

Kyoto is the last stronghold of the Geisha tradition, a place where you might see one of these talented artists walking through the center in traditional costume. Apprentice Geisha, called Maiko, start their training in their teens, graduating to Geiko status in their 20s.

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During Kyoto’s annual Mifune Matsuri (Three Boat Festival), beautifully decorated boats float down the Oigawa River, transforming it into a gorgeous, colorful spectacle. Three decorated with dragons lead the way, followed by numerous smaller boats.

Kyoto, Japan's truly wonderful cultural hub

Tokyo is not the best place to get acquainted with traditional Japan, if only for the fact that the city was largely destroyed – not once, but twice – in the last century. Kyoto, a two-and-a-half-hour bullet train ride away, has had a much different fate. With more than 2,000 temples and an astonishing 17 Unesco World Heritage sites, the former imperial capital of Japan is one of the richest cultural cities in the world.