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To get to the Ninomaru-goten palace you have to cross this beautiful gate with exquisite carvings of cranes.It is a Chinese style gate is the first of the many but the most impressive one in the Nijo Castle.
Tucked down a side street on the south side of Nishi Hongwanji is the Karamon gate, ranked as a national treasure by the Japanese government it is of the style and magnifigance of the great shrine at Nikko. Very elaborate carvings, bright colors, lavish use...More
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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and
with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.