Kyoto is one of the most beautiful and oldest cities of Japan. It also served as Japan’s capital city before the Tokugawa shogunate. Kyoto is a hub of traditional Japanese culture with it’s many temples, castles and palaces. Even the ancient Japanese warlords new that controlling Kyoto was equivalent to controlling Japan. It was also the home and seat of power of the old Japanese emperors. Its central position (geographically) in Japan made it the commercial capital of ancient Japan as well.
The emperor Kanmu declared Kyoto to be the capital of Japan and gave it the name “Heiankyou”. It served as Japan’s capital city until 1869 (Meiji 2). It was the cultural, political and economical centre especially during the Heian and Muromachi periods. Despite suffering through countless wars, Kyoto still remains a cultural legacy of Japan.
Today apart from historical and cultural centres, Kyoto is also one of the top education destinations in Japan with its many universities.