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Kyoto City Walking Tour: Zen, Books, and Coffee.

View This Walking Tour on Google Maps The historical city of Kyoto was the capital of Japan during the nation's most prolific period of cultural growth and refinement. In 1868, Kyoto lost its capital city status when Japan's...

Heat, culture, chaos: the real Gion Matsuri.

Kyoto is a city that many consider to be the perfect embodiment of the truest 'Japanese sensibilities.' Refinement, subtlety and a restrained aesthetic create a type of harmony that permeates all facets of life in Japan. Minimalism, restraint and the beloved 'wabi-sabi' are all forms of a distinctly Kyoto-esque identity. Enter the Gion Matsuri: a night of hot air, cold beer and a touch of ancestral transcendence.