As the ancient capital from 1200 years ago, the Japanese see Kyoto as the cultural heart of the country.
The beautiful surroundings and the cultural heritage attract people from all over the world.
Kyoto is a sophisticated blend of the ancient and the modern, an urban
environment where museums, four star restaurants and active entertainment
venues flourish alongside temples, small shops and quiet neighborhoods.
Nara is most famous for its 1300 year history as it was the location of the first capital of Japan dating back to the Asuka period. Nara has many museums and old temples as well as displays of its archeological relics.