|Above, the Kinkaku-ji golden pavilion. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Fodor's (one of the premier travel guides for destinations around the world) website has an article on "Six Reasons To Visit Kyoto." It is a city that should be added to one's itinerary if a vacation to Japan is being planned.
They begin it with:
Standing in stately contrast to the neon-lit adrenaline of Tokyo, Japan’s second city exudes a warm, elegant vibe that has been attracting visitors for over a millennium. For many centuries the captivating city of Kyoto has remained at the heart of traditional Japanese culture, carefully maintaining its rich legacy for future generations. Spring and fall bring the most pleasant weather for walking around, though cherry-blossom-and-foliage-viewing crowds mean packed temple sightseeing that can leave you feeling less than Zen. But there’s never really a bad time to visit this culturally rewarding city, and no Japanese itinerary should be considered complete without at least a few days in Kyoto. Here are six reasons to visit this charming city.To read more, go here.