Visit Kyōto Prefecture

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Kyoto Prefecture is located in the Kansai region of Japan and is known for its rich cultural heritage. It was the ancient capital of Japan, and is still home to many famous temples, shrines, gardens, palaces and other historical sites.

Visitors to Kyoto Prefecture should be sure to visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine - an important Shinto shrine with thousands of orange torii gates - as well as Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. These two sights are very popular among locals and tourists alike.

A unique historical fact about this prefecture is that it has been the center of Japan's imperial court since 794 AD when Emperor Kammu moved his residence from Nara (then known as Heian-kyo) to Kyoto. This made Kyoto a major political and cultural center for over 1,000 years until the Meiji Restoration in 1868 when power shifted back to Tokyo.

Cities in Kyōto Prefecture

Kyoto, Tanabe, Kameoka, Uji, Miyazu, Maizuru, Yawata, Ayabe, Arashiyama, Kamigyō-ku