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Welcome to Kyoto!

What to See
Where to Stay
What to Eat

What to See

Kyoto, a city with 1,200 years of history, is the cultural soul of Japan. Nestled among low mountains,it is blessed with both natural beauty and a rich historical legasy.

Where to Stay

Hotel Fujita Kyoto
Nishizume, Nijo-Ohashi, Kamo-gawa, Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto-shi 604
Phone: 075/222-1511
Fax: 075/256-4561
Central Kyoto
This pleasant hotel is situated along the famed Kamo-gawa, not far from the nightlife center of Gion. In the light of a full moon, the waterfall in its garden sparkles while waterfowl play. The lobby is narrow and long, with comfortable gray armchairs that play nicely against deep red carpeting. The Fujita has Japanese and Scandinavian decor throughout, and 18 rooms have Japanese-style furnishings. The two main restaurants are a kaiseki dining room and a steak house with counter and table service. AE, DC, MC, V. 177 Western-style rooms, 18 Japanese-style rooms. Restaurant/Food, Bar, Beauty Salon

What to Eat

30 Okamoto-cho, Kamigamo, Kita-ku
Phone: 075/701-0161
Under ¥3,000
Northern Kyoto
On the northern outskirts of Kyoto, not far from Kamigamo Shrine, Azekura serves home-style buckwheat noodles under the giant wooden beams of a 300-year-old sake warehouse. Originally built in Nara, the warehouse was moved here more than 20 years ago by kimono merchant Mikio Ichida, who also maintains a textile exhibition hall, a small museum, and a weavers' workshop within the walls of this former samurai estate. Have lunch on low stools around a small charcoal brazier or on tatami next to a window overlooking the garden and waterwheel outside. The soba noodles at Azekura have a heartier country flavor than you'll find in most of the other noodle shops in town. This is a perfect place to stop while exploring the shake-machi district around the shrine, an area in which shrine priests and farmers have lived for more than 10 centuries. Azekura closes at 5 PM. No credit cards. Closed Mon.


Tourist Guide to Kyoto
Kyoto Destination Guide