Kyoto may be full of hushed streets steeped in tradition and hidden institutions run by kimono-clad custodians but don’t be fooled: there’s more to this captivating city than timeworn teahouses and graceful geiko. Japan’s former capital has its own distinct identity, dialect and dishes, and beyond the Buddhist temples and Zen gardens you’ll find a dynamic city that’s constantly evolving. Slip off your shoes and step right in. This guide will take you right to the heart of this ancient city and help you explore all that it has to offer from its long ago place as Japan's capital to its contemporary scene as a cultural hub.
The Monocle Travel Guide Series reveals favourite spots in each city, from the ideal route for an early-morning run to the best streets for independent retail. Full of surprises and quirks, they also feature detailed design and architecture pages, neighbourhood walks that take you away from the crowds and choice places to eat, be it for tasty fast food or something truly celebratory.