I’ve come to realize that most of the places that I have chosen for my #WanderlustWednesday are mainly based around the food of the region which in turn leads me to wanting to explore that particular city/country.
This week is no different.
Kyoto, Japan has recently been added to my list. Kyoto is located in the central part of Japan. It is one of the best preserved cities in the country after WWII. They city was formerly the imperical capital of Japan. it was originally designed with a Chinese Feng Shui design.
Kyoto holds 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is also know as the “City of Ten Thousand Shrines”. Among all of its shrines it also hosts many gardens throughout the city that draw people in from all over the world. I would love to go during the spring time when all the cherry blossoms are in bloom and then again in the autumn to see all the beautiful colors of the trees surrounding Kyoto.
Although I absolutely love gardens and would like to see the old world charm of Kyoto, I really want to go for the food. It is known for its abundance of Japanese food. The regionis famous for what is known as Kyo-ryori, which is a way in which food is cooked with minimal seasoning to bring out flavors & elements of the fresh seasonal ingredients presented in a beautiful manner in which to be able to enjoy the foor not just with the flavor but also with all of your other senses.
You can’t really talk about Kyoto without mentioning the Nishiki Market. It has been around since the 1600’s. Its four blocks with hundreds of shops from Japanese pickle shops to seafood vendors, Japanese pottery and spices shops. I’ve also heard that one must go to Ponto-cho, which is the geisha district of Kyoto which is an alley filled with great restaurants.
For more on Kyoto, check out http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/04/25/travel/25hours.html