Kyoto is a city located in the central part of Japan and is only 30 minutes away from Osaka, one of Japan’s largest cities. With a population of nearly 1.5 million, the former imperial capital of Japan is a central hub for Japanese history and culture. Today Kyoto is known to be a city for the hip with modern urban cafes, restaurants, museums, and shops popping up on every corner. While the central part of the city is a great place to have a fun night out or spend a day shopping, the outskirts of the city offer a quiet and safe environment; it's a perfect place to raise a family.
The Shimogyo area of Kyoto is home to the Kyoto Train Station, Kyoto Tower, Honganji Temple, Shosei-En Garden, the Daimaru Department store and much much more. While this area does not offer many options for housing, it is a great place to spend an evening or afternoon. This area is also famous for the shops and restorants along the Kamogawa River; an excellent place to go if you are looking to spend a romantic night along the river side.
Kyoto Station is constantly growing and is known for its bounty of restaurants, entertainment and shopping. Being the most important transportation hub in Kyoto; the station offers service to all over Japan.
Kyoto Tower is an observation tower located directly across from Kyoto Station. The tower which offers amazing views of the Kyoto and Osaka area stands at 131 meters ( 430 ft.) making it the tallest structure in Kyoto.
The Fushimi area, better known as Fushimi-Ku is one of Kyoto’s 11 wards. It is located in the southern part of Kyoto. In recent years the area has shown a growth in popularity due to its affordability. The area offers many shopping facilities and restaurants and is a great place to live if you want to find something at an affordable price close to the city center.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shine is the head shire of Inari with its earliest structures being built in the year 711. Its famous path of Tori (shrine gates) can be found in any Japan guidebook and are not something to be missed.
The Kita area or North Ward of Kyoto is known to have vast amounts of high end properties. Known to some to be a melting pot of Japanese culture and history, this area of Kyoto boats many beautiful temples and shires. Being as popular as it is, this area is little bit on the expensive side however if you are looking for a quiet and beautiful neighborhood this is the place for you. The Kita area is also famous for ‘Kinkakuji’ a breathtaking world famous Buddhist temple.
Ohara is a small quiet town about 10km north of Kyoto. Famous for its many temples, Ohara is busiest during autumn, when the maple leaves change color and the mountain views are spectacular.
The mountainous town of Kurumakibune is known for its twin valleys; ‘’Kibune’’ and ‘’Kuruma’’. If you find yourself living in the Kitayama Area, this is a great place to go if you are looking to get away from the city for a day or weekend trip.
The Sakyo area, better known as Sakyo-Ku is one of Kyoto’s 11 wards. It is located in the north-east corner of Kyoto and boarders the Shiga Prefecture. The southern part of Sakyo-Ku has many residential areas and schools and offers great access to the center of the city.
From the Demichiyanagi Train Station access to both Osaka and Kyoto is made easy. If you want the night life of Osaka but the culture of Kyoto, this is the place for you.