A city saturated in centuries of tradition has evolved into a cultural hub of old-time artisans and cultural nostalgia. Once the historic seat of the Japanese emperor from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is enriched by priceless shrines and prodigious temples. During its time as the capital of Japan it also became the preserver of Japanese “spirit” exemplified in multifaceted schools such as tea ceremonies, calligraphy, theatrical arts, and design that is found throughout the city. An outstanding commitment to its cultural traditions, Kyoto has become somewhat similar to a place of spirituality for the Japanese nation, and is an awe inspiring site to the rest of the world.

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Imperial Palace

At the center of the city nested inside Kyoto Imperial Park was the former home of Japan’s Emperor where a distinctly involved enthronement ceremony takes place.

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