After 10 days in Tokyo, we traveled to the Old Capital of Japan- Kyoto. Kyoto literally “Capital City” was originally founded as Heian-kyo in 794 and was the center not only of government but of learning and the arts.

We had the ticket to the bullet train (the famous Shinkansen), so the road from Tokyo to Kyoto took 4 hours (455 km for 4 hours, ah?!). Tokyo is a modern metropolis with the crowds and robots, but Kyoto is different, quiet and calm, the city of traditions and narrow streets.

In Kyoto there are a lot of small family restaurants with the traditional Japanese meals. Do you see the curtain at the entrance? When you’re entering the house, you must bow the house and its master, and this curtain it’s like a block, you’ll bow automatically (traditional lifehack, right?)

Pre-election advertising on the streets of Kyoto.

Nijo castle is one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In 1601, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, ordered all the feudal lords in Western Japan to contribute to the construction of Nijo Castle, which was completed in 1626.

Yasaka street (Yasakakamimachi) in Higashiyama district.

Three modern geisha.

One more restaurant with the curtain.

The karamon gate to Ninomaru Palace, the heart of Nijo castle.

Behind the gate you can see the main entrance to the Palace.

The surface area of the Nijo castle is 275,000 m², of which 8,000 m² is occupied by buildings.

Tower of Yasaka from Yasaka street (Yasakakamimachi). It’s a 46m high, 5 story pagoda with a tiled roof that was founded in the 6th century (Asuka Period) and has been rebuilt many times after a fire, the current building was built in 1440.

Three modern geisha, part 2.

Higashiyama district (“east mountain”) was created in 1929. Many of the locations central to the development of 15th-century Japanese culture known as Higashiyama Bunka are found here.