As a lover of travel, I really like to get a local taste of every place I go. When I first moved to Kyoto 3 years ago to study at Kyoto University, what really struck me about the city was its history, gardens, impressive temples and the unique Japanese way of life. There are lots of beautiful places to explore and many things to do in Kyoto among the city’s temples with, for some, nostalgic surroundings. A quick look around and it’s easy to understand why Kyoto was the previous capital city of Japan for almost 1000 years. For me, it feels really peaceful; there is not much noise; it’s convenient and not too big. The city is for relaxing and enjoying the landscape, the trees aligning the river, the light breeze, the mountainous backdrop, the respectful people and the beautiful Kyoto shrines.