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    Grand shrines and Buddhist temples make Kyoto one of Japan's prettiest — and priciest — cities to visit. Yasaka Shrine, left, dedicated to the gods of health and prosperity, gets millions of tourists every year.

    Pontocho Dori, a long and skinny alley, feels like a Japanese movie-set come to life: lanterns and looming billboards light the way past dozens of restaurants, bars and teahouses.

    Arches support an aqueduct at Nanzen-ji temple, possibly the most beautiful — and therefore most popular — tourist attractions.

    The Sanmon, or Mountain Gate, at Nanzen-ji temple.

    Stepping stones cross a tranquil koi pond at Nanzen-ji.

    Exploring Kyoto, Japan - The New York Times > Travel > Slide Show > Slide 10 of 10

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    i've always been fascinated by Kyoto, and have wanted to visit there. its so beautiful, and has a rich history.
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    I've just read Memoirs of a Geisha and have been interested to see pictures of Kyoto. I'd be fascinated to see what it looked like back in the 1930s compared to now.

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    I prefer the Kyoto/Osaka areas much more than the greater Tokyo and its surrounding areas. IMHO it's more 'user friendly' for english speakers as the train stations and whatnot have english lettering, and it's easier to travel to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka. Lots of great things to see.

    Osaka, Japan Pictures : Japan photo guide for the visual traveler

    The one temple in nearby Nara was the Todaiji which I thought was amazing for its sheer size, I can't find my pictures which I unfortunately lost but if you look at the entrance in this picture, try not to be misled by the people closer to the camera, the entrance dwarfs people. It is HUGE.

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