Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine during Gion Matsuri. Photo: Alamy

The good, bad and ugly sides of Kyoto – the centre of traditional Japanese culture

  • Ancient meets modern in the former imperial capital, which is home to 1,681 Buddhist temples and 812 Shinto shrines
  • But the Japanese obsession with cuteness unfortunately does not seem to extend to modern architecture
Topic |   Asia travel

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Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine during Gion Matsuri. Photo: Alamy
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Tim Pile

Tim Pile

Tim Pile has written more than 300 travel articles for the South China Morning Post. He has been to over 100 countries and has a Master’s degree in Tourism Environment and Development.