As a writer, I feel a certain humility in trying to describe Kyoto. It is an exquisite city, elegant and complex and filled with layer upon layer of subtle meaning. One could spend a lifetime trying to describe it and not do more than scratch its surface.
That said, I spent three luminescent days in Kyoto and will give you some highlights of my experiences there. It was one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever visited, a must-see among the world’s spiritual sites.
A brief overview: Kyoto is the ancient imperial capital of Japan, with more than 1200 years of history. Visitors here can wander amid exquisite gardens, tour serene Buddhist temples, cross paths with a geisha, and take part in a tea ceremony. Best of all is simply wandering the streets of the city, absorbing the sights, smells, and sounds of this remarkable place.