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Exploring Kyoto

On Foot in the Ancient Capital (Revised Edition)

This revised and updated edition of the Japan travel classic and cultural guide gets you wandering from downtown quarters to remote mountaintop temples and features expanded information on new museums and gardens now open year-round for viewing.

Judith Clancy's expert research weaves a rich narrative of Kyoto's history, local lore, and artistic and religious background to guide you through your journey.

31 explorations including:

  • 5 mountain routes

  • 17 World Heritage Sites

  • Arashiyama

  • Kiyomizu-dera

  • Philosopher's Walk

  • Kyoto’s 6 Zen temple complexes

  • Detailed maps tracing each route

  • Over 30 descriptive photos

  • Tips on etiquette and behavior

  • A full index to all sites and attractions

"Exploring Kyoto by long-term resident Judith Clancy is an excellent guide to exploring Kyoto on foot."

Lonely Planet Japan

"Opens our eyes to the beauty of details.... In these days of digital tablet guides, it's heartwarming to find publishers still dedicated to producing books that have texture and spatial depth, the warmth that only paper, with its shadows and grain, can transmit."

The Japan Times

"Judith Clancy has done a great job of making her expertise available to the visitor to Kyoto with this travel guide, in a small edition to fit easily into a bag or backpack."

Vegetable Japan blog

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About the Author(s)

Judith Clancy

Judith Clancy

Author of Kyoto Machiya Restaurant Guide, Kyoto Gardens, Kyoto: City of Zen, and The Alluring World of Geiko and Maiko. She lives in a 120-year-old converted weaving studio in Nishijin, Kyoto's weaving and dyeing district.