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Nijo-Castel  World Cultural Heritage Site
The first Shogun of Tokugawa Shogunate built the castle in 1603. The walls and sliding doors of the rooms were gorgeously painted by the Kano school. The floor squeaks and is called a Nightingale Floor.The pond garden shows the power of Shogun.

Kyoto’s Imperial Palace

Kyoto’s Imperial Palace (known as Gosho in Japanese) is the Emperor’s official residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868, when the emperor and capital were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. It is located in the spacious Kyoto Imperial Park, an attractive park in the center of the city that also encompasses the Sento Imperial Palace and a few other attractions. Now Gosho will be open to the public, starting July 2016.

Most of Kyoto citizens expect when the Emperor comes back to Kyoto from Tokyo. When the Emperor is visited in Kyoto, the voices of "Welcome home" arrives from Kyoto citizens.

Kyoto State Guest House

The Kyoto State Guest House opened in April 2005 as a facility to receive foreign dignitaries invited as official guests by the Japanese Government. It offers a sense of hospitality based on Japan’s unique culture. Now this Guest House will be open to the public, starting July 2016. But, on some days it may not be open to the public due to sudden visits of dignitaries etc. >>> Public Opening

Gion( Geisha district)
Gion is a world famous Geisha district.
You will see Geisha, Kimono clad female entertainer and Maiko, apprentice Geisha in the area.

Gion is an old district and has a traditional atmosphere.

Name:  Nobuaki  Nagata
Government licensed guide/ English-speaking taxi driver

Cert. No. Kyoto EN00383