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Home to imperial palaces, rich geisha tradition, and cuisine that’s unmatched across Japan, Kyoto is a dreamscape rooted in reality. Kyoto travel is always an unforgettable experience of contrasts. The wood-built streets of historic Higashiyama and the geishas floating through twinkling Gion are perfectly-preserved pictures of old Japan, but contemporary Kyoto’s late-night karaoke bars, intimate izakayas, and 100-yen sushi bars are equally exhilarating. Whether you’re strolling through tranquil gardens or joining in the local pastime of snacking on dumplings as the sun sets over Kamo River, one thing’s for sure: discovering exciting new things to do in Kyoto will never be difficult.