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Very pretty pond and landscaping for views from all around. Did not get to see inside the tea room, the last remaining structure from the Kujo family, but I am sure the views of the pond are great. The views from the bridge across the...More
This is the only surviving structure from the Kujo family. A small tea house on the water. It is only open on Friday and Saturday. Located on the southern end of imperial garden. Entrance fee is 100 yen per person. Intimate and beautiful. No big...More
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.