Cultural Heart of Japan
Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years, and therefore was the
focus of political, cultural, and religious activities. UNESCO has designated
seventeen separate sites within Kyoto Prefecture as World Cultural Heritage
Sites. Kyoto was also the home to the headquarters for many sects of Buddhism,
leading to the construction of grand temples and convents. Cultural treasures
coexist with modern convenience in this amazing city.
Led by the Naginata-boko float, the festival floats leave their neighborhood
homes to assemble along Shijo and Karasuma Streets. A 1000-year-old panorama
then unfolds as the procession moves through the city center. The conference
will take place during the build-up to this famous “Gion” Festival.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to see the beautiful and
exotic “Yama-boko” floats used in this festival. Attendees
who are able to extend their stay will be able to enjoy the unique parade
(July 17th), which is the climax of this festival.
During Kyoto's reign as the Imperial capital, delicacies from all over
the country were brought to tantalize the palates of the Emperor and his
court. That pride in fine dining is still visible today in Kyoto's wide
variety of restaurants. Japanese food ranges from the very formal kaiseki
ryori, a many-course meal made from seasonal dishes, to Kyoto's famous
tofu, to sushi, to obanzai (Kyoto home-style cooking). Foreign foods are
also plentiful due to Kyoto's significant foreign population. From Indonesian
to Brazilian, Vietnamese to French, there is certain to be a taste of whichever
country Kyoto's visitors call home.
Kyoto's traditional crafts are renowned throughout Japan as the products
of a fine tradition. The best and brightest of artisans and craftspeople
gathered here, creating schools of magnificent pottery-making, kimono dyeing,
and weaving, and other handiworks. There are many shopping areas within
Kyoto, from small individual shops along winding paths, to the ultramodern
department stores at Kyoto Station and the Shijo area, to the bustling
food stalls at Nishiki market.
Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto)
Kyoto Convention Bureau (KCB)
Kyoto Official Travel Guide (by Kyoto Tourism Council)
The Kyoto City Tourism & Culture Information System
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