15 interesting facts about Kyoto

The ancient city of Kyoto, located in Japan, has seen a lot in its lifetime – wars, sieges, and state coups. He went through eras of prosperity and devastation, and they all left their mark on its streets. But modern Kyoto is a very interesting Japanese metropolis – high-tech, densely populated, extremely comfortable for living and a must-see for tourists who have drifted to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Facts about Kyoto

  1. The ancestors of modern people lived in the territory where the city is now located, as early as 8-9 thousand years ago.
  2. Kyoto was built in 794 by order of the Japanese emperor.
  3. The Japanese builders of the 8th century took the Chinese city of Xi’an, which was then called Chang’an and was the capital of China, as a basis (facts about China). Newly built Kyoto had 21 streets.
  4. Slightly more people live in this city than in all of Estonia. Kyoto has a population of 1.4 million.
  5. There are about 40 universities here.
  6. For 1075 years, Kyoto was the capital of Japan (facts about Japan).
  7. The city was originally called «Heian», but was later renamed.
  8. There are about 2,000 ancient temples on the territory of Kyoto, of which about 1,600 are Buddhist and 400 are Shinto.
  9. Iwatayama Monkey Park, where about 180 rare Japanese macaques live, is popular with tourists.
  10. In winter, snow usually falls here, and the temperature drops below zero degrees. True, not much.
  11. Due to the fact that Kyoto is surrounded on all sides by mountains, there are no strong winds here.
  12. Despite the fact that there are a lot of cars, thanks to a convenient and developed system there are no traffic jams here.
  13. One of Kyoto’s sister cities is Kyiv, which even has a Kyoto street in honor of its Japanese brother.
  14. There is a subway here. Only two branches, but quite long. One of them even connects this city with the neighboring one, Otsu.
  15. The Golden Pavilion, perhaps the most famous building in Japan, is located here. However, the Golden Pavilion is just a nickname, but in fact it is an ancient Buddhist temple Kinkaku-ji.
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