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The ancient capital of Kyoto Japan offers numerous reasons to visit, from historical temples and colorful shrines to the traditional geisha culture. Kyoto is home to over 1,600 historic Buddhist temples, with many dating back more than a millennium along with several historic samurai castles, including Nijo Castle. Relax and contemplate the world at one of Kyoto’s famous dry stone zen gardens. One of the best and most famous is the zen garden at Ryoan-ji Temple, which features 15 mystical rocks floating in a sea of pure white sand.