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Kyoto was the capital city of Japan once, during which it was known to be the most beautiful city in all Japan. And it still proudly holds its title. However, being known for its historical importance, I was appalled to see it’s an urban atmosphere which overshadows its incredible heritage and amazing historical sites. Kyoto is home to a number of temples and shrines, and also holds very reputed Zen gardens. This city is titled as a very spiritual city, beholding its culture all the way. Here are some of the places I visited and found worth traveling and exploring.

Nijō Castle

This beautiful and majestic castle is surrounded by hills around it and is completed with high towers and moats and ancient but preserved walls. It was created in 1603 and at that team was served as the seat for the parliamentary government. The best highlights I thought about this castle were it’s a main entrance from the east side, also called the Higashi Otemon. It is a sight to behold. Apart from that, the most important building of the castle is the Ninomaru Palace which links five different buildings by a sleek corridor. While taking the castle tour, we were taken to the Nightingale floor, which creaks while making the nightingale sounds.

Nishi Hongan-Ji Temple

Of all the numerous amounts of temples Kyoto holds, this one is the oldest and chief temple and is one of the best architectures representing the Buddhist. The temple after natural disaster was rebuilt in 1760, with highlighting its most prominent features like rooms with gold backgrounds decorated by fine paintings. But only a few parts of this temple are open to the local public or the visitors, so you’ll need to make arrangements in advance. The temple still holds very effective importance historically in the hearts of people.