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Downtown

Kyoto’s downtown area is the heart of government, finance, and business. It blends a modern sensibility with elegant scenery. This area and its environs offer a diverse range of accommodations, making it …morerecommended as a base for those who wish to enjoy shopping, dining, and nightlife.
The area is also home to the Nishiki Market, which has foods from all around Kyoto, and many small shrines and temples remaining between the newer buildings, allowing visitors to experience the time-honored traditions and lifestyle of the local people at the same time.
The Gion Matsuri, Kyoto’s largest festival, is held every July, with spectators from all over Japan crowding the streets.
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