Finding Peace in 21st-Century Kyoto

  • 2015-07-08
  • National Geographic

When travelers arrive in Kyoto for the first time, they often are confused and disappointed. Expecting a place that exudes timeless elegance and peace, they instead find a thoroughly modern city of traffic-clogged streets and blocky concrete buildings. Looking at their faces, you know what they’re thinking, “Where’s Kyoto?”

The answer to this question is, of course, “This is Kyoto!”

Kyoto is not a museum, it’s a 21st-century city with its own rush hours and uninspired architecture. At the same time, it was the capital of Japan from 794-1868, remains the country’s cultural heart, and, much more than any other Japanese metropolis, still harbors pockets of tranquility. You just need to know where to find them.

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