25Kyoto: Japan’s cultural heartlandKyoto flourished as the capital city of Japan from 794 to 1868, and to this day, possesses a rich cultural heritage that draws visitors from around the world. It is home to 17 World Heritage Sites, many world-famous temples and shrines, ornate gardens, and traditional festivals.Founded on a community of skilled artisans and craftspeople versed in aesthetics developed over a millennium, modern-day Kyoto has also been the birthplace of frontier technologies and international business successes. It is a city in which one can find the best of both the ancient and modern. Students and researchers at Kyoto University find that the vibrant backdrop of Kyoto City brings constant inspiration and new discoveries in their daily lives and academic endeavors.

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