Paperback version. 320 pages.
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. The 31 explorations include:
5 mountain routes
17 World Heritage Sites
Kyoto’s 6 Zen temple complexes
Detailed maps tracing each route
More than 30 descriptive photos
Tips on etiquette and behavior
A full index to all sites and attractions
About the Author
Judith Clancy has lived in Kyoto since 1970, writing and teaching about Japanese culture and acting as a guide and interpreter for groups and workshops. Her books describe the many traditions of Kyoto, including music, tea ceremony, and ikebana. She lives in a 120-year-old converted weaving studio in Nishijin, the weaving and dyeing district of Kyoto.
She is also the author of Kyoto Machiya Restaurant Guide, Kyoto Gardens, Kyoto: City of Zen, and The Alluring World of Geiko and Maiko.
Praise for Exploring Kyoto
"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