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An important business city in the center of the Honshu Island, Kyoto has played the main role in Japan’s history for over ten centuries as its imperial capital. Today, the city of 1.5 million inhabitants is not the administrative center of the country but the cultural and academic one. Thanks to the fact that Kyoto came out relatively unscathed from WWII, it boasts over 2'000 shrines, temples, palaces, gardens and preserved pre-war architecture of which part was included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most prominent temples visitors should see are Kiyozumi-dera, wooden temple on the side of a mountain, Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji with its rock garden and Heian Jingu that celebrates imperial families. Other impressive royal dwellings to admire are the Sento Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Imperial Palace. For the best example of a Japanese garden one ought to stop at the Shugaku-in Imperial Villa.
Thanks to its inland position and unavailability of fresh sea catch, Kyoto cuisine developed its own famous variety of special vegetable dishes. Sake brewing has had a long tradition in the city where several major brewers have their headquarters and production facilities. The industry is predominantly centered around electronics and information technologies with main employers such as Omron, Dainippon Screen, Tose, Nintendo and Nissin Electric among others. A great part of revenue comes from television industry that is based here with their local film studios and theme parks, and tourism. Kyoto attracts domestic tourists as well as foreigners who come to admire the city’s architectural and cultural heritage, cuisine and specialties such as kimono manufacturing facilities because kimonos from Kyoto are well known as the top of the crop.
If you plan a business event or a company meeting in Kyoto, you could not have chosen better. Kyoto is famous for its hospitality and ability to combine traditions with innovations. As a global MICE strategic city, Kyoto specializes in offering the best convention and visitor support systems in the meetings industry. Besides that, it has a network of meeting and accommodation facilities, multilingual and multicultural services catering to various international cultural and religious groups.
Kyoto does not have its own city airport but is easily accessible from several nearby airports: Nagoya (IATA code: NGO), Kobe (IATA code:UKB) and the closest ones - Osaka Kansai (IATA code: KIX) for international travel and Osaka Itami (ITM) for domestic connections. Osaka Itami Internatinal Airport is approx. 55 km to the south-west from Kyoto. Taxi services in Japan are expensive and you can expect to pay over 20 000 JPY for a ride to Kyoto that will take around one hour. The Kansai International Airport, built on an off-shore artificial island, is 98 km from the Kyoto downtown. A ride to the city centre costs over 30 000 JPY and takes over 1 hour and 30 minutes.