Kyoto lies in Western Honshu, the main island of Japan. This city, regarded as one of Japan's most beautiful, wore thecountry's imperial robes for over1,000 years, until Tokyo became the modern capital in 1868.
京都位于日本主岛本州的西面。这里被视为日本其中一个最美丽的城市，一千多年来都是全国的政治中心，直至东京于 1868 年成为现代首都为止。
Emerging from ultra-modern Kyoto Station, you may wonder, "where are the centuries of culture andtradition this cityis famous for?" And as you look down upon the gridded streets from Kyoto Tower, you might even be forgiven forthinking you've arrived at the wrong city. Yet, the old Kyoto is all around you, and more often than not, it's right underyour nose.
From Kyoto Tower, head east, and push through the curtains of the downtown'high-rise, into the streets of Gion. It ishere, in this historic entertainment quarter, that you'll begin to catch glimpses of one of Kyoto's most alluring traditions,the geisha. Refined, artistic and otherworldly, the geisha are the very embodiment of old Kyoto.
Venture further east, into narrow alleyways like Ishibe Koji, and feel the echoes of the past amid the rows of traditionalKyoto-style houses. It's in areas like this you'll find some of Kyoto's finest Ryokan. These traditional inns originated inthe Edoperiod, and are the perfect places to lay your head and dream of days gone by.
Just a rickshaw ride away, are the traffic-free streets of Sannen-zakaand Ninen-zaka. Explore the traditional tea housesand crafts shops, then retrace the steps of generations of worshipers who made their way to and from the nearby hilltoptemples.
Kyoto is known as "the city of 10,000 shrines", and it would take a lifetime to experience them all. Kyoto residents' placeenormous importance in the seasons. And just like the seasons, every place of worship has its own colours… its ownmood.
There are places of spacious austerity, such as the Heian Shrine, dedicated to the first, and the last, of the city'semperors. And intimate places, such as the Shorenin Temple, where you are invited to sit, and quietly contemplate thegardens outside.
Visit temples dominated by stone, such as the Kiyomizadera, one of the most revered in Japan. And others crafted fromancient timbers, suchas Tofukuji, loved for its covered bridges which span valleys filled with maple and spruce.
到访满布石块的寺庙，例如日本其中一个最受人尊崇的庙宇 ── 清水寺。再参观其他以古代木材雕制而成的寺庙，例如东福寺。这里的廊桥横跨满布枫树及云杉的峡谷，令人倾心。
Water is an integral and unifying element in all of Kyoto's places of worship. At the Kodai Temple, let your thoughtsdrift across a raked gravel garden which represents the infinite ocean.
For a water feature with a difference, visit Nanzenji, and rest beneath the arches of a 19th- century aqueduct, which stillsupplies much of the city'swater.
But of all Kyoto's temples, nothing quite compares to Fushimi Inari-taisha. Dedicated to the fox spirit, Inari, this templecomplex spans an entire mountainside. From the main shrine, climb an extraordinary two and a half mile path linedwith 10,000 tori gates. Along the way there are thousands of smaller shrines where you can pay your respects or simplycatch your breath, before arriving at the summit two hours later.
但在京都所有寺庙当中，伏见稻荷大社是无可企及的一个。这个寺庙群横跨整个山坡，祀奉狐狸神灵，即稻荷神的使者。从主神社登山而行，走过 2.5 英里路，穿越 10,000 个鸟居。沿途可见无数面积更细的神社，您可进内参拜，或一鼓作气完成两小时的路程，抵达山顶。
It's s not just within the streets and temples where you'll find old Kyoto. You'll find it the palace grounds of NijoCastle,and in the fleeting cherry blossom season which reminds us of the preciousness of time.
It resides amid the whispering leaves and the ethereal light of the Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama, and in the Zen-likecalm of the city's resident monkeys.
You'll find old Kyoto in the rising steam of a communal dishes like shabu shabu, in the gentle pad of the rickshawpullers'footsteps, and it can certainly be found as evening falls and the city lights up like a living lantern.
Perhaps it's then, beneath the glow of the city's lights, you'll realize that there is no old Kyoto. Kyoto is timeless, it existsequally in the echoes of the past and in the ringtones of today.
As the world rushes by on the river of time, Kyoto is but a series of perfect moments, each to be savored and enjoyed.Kyoto is Kyoto, here, now and forever.