Kyoto was formerly the imperial capital of Japan over 1000 years, now it’s still the centre of Japanese culture. With over 2000 temples and shrines from ancient times,traditional craftmanship are also preserved very well.
What interests me the most on the first week of arrival is the Kyoto city itself, the planning of the city is almost the same as it was thousand years ago, in the city centre, the streets are all in vertical(North to South) or horizontal(East to West) directions; thus the whole city looks neat and ordered. Also, the main horizontal streets were named according to numbers from 10 to 2.
My university for exchange—Kyoto Seika University, lies on the north of Kyoto, has a history of over 60 years. The modern architecture is designed by the graduates from school; because of the advantage near mountains, students has more opportunities to get inspirations directly from nature and make big works in the nature