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Most tourists only have a few days in Kyoto and try to see everything. This is not relaxing or wise. Don't try to do too much, too quickly: if you do, you will remember very little of your trip. Kyoto is perfect for taking breaks. Try to plan your day loosely and to limit yourself to one main zone (the east side, north side or west side of Kyoto) and one minor zone (Gion, downtown,Imperial Palace,Nijo Castle) each day.


Stay off the beaten track
Many tourists (everywhere) make the mistake of staying on the beaten path (main streets, famous places, etc.) only. The true, exotic essence of Kyoto is generally to be found away from major streets and attractions. Whenever possible, try to: explore the general area around famous places; stay away from major streets as often as possible; take parallel narrow side streets instead. Since the Old Capital is laid out on a grid work pattern, it is almost impossible to get lost. Use your imagination and trust your instincts. Kyoto is a world of secrets. Look for them and you are sure to see something special. Timing is everything in Kyoto Kyoto, in keeping with its natural rhythms, is often most exotic and alive and moving early in the morning (6:00-8:00) and evenings (16:00-19:00). These are the best times to take great photos, and see the ''local people,'' old and young, walking the dog, talking, relaxing, etc. in parks, along the river, on the grounds of large temples and shrines. On Sundays and national holidays try to arrive at famous places and areas as early as you can: after12:00 the city can become extremely crowded (Kyoto gets nearly 50 million Japanese visitors a year!!).


Timing is everything in Kyoto
Kyoto, in keeping with its natural rhythms, is often most exotic and alive and moving early in the morning (6:00-8:00) and evenings (16:00-19:00). These are the best times to take great photos, and see the “local people,” old and young, walking the dog, talking, relaxing, etc. in parks, along the river, on the grounds of large temples and shrines. On Sundays and national holidays try to arrive at famous places and areas as early as you can: after12:00 the city can become extremely crowded (Kyoto gets nearly 50 million Japanese visitors a year!!).

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