Today, Kyoto is one of the most visited and beloved of all Japanese cities. Located on the middle-western portion of the island of Honshu. Kyoto is considered the cultural center of Japan. During World War II when firebombing was conducted throughout the country, Kyoto and its 1600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines, palaces, gardens and architecture were spared, leaving it one of the best preserved cities in Japan. The Kyoto area has some of the most famous temples, shrines, palaces and gardens in Japan. Students will certainly benefit from the fact that the history of this most modern and, paradoxically, ancient, of countries is on full display beyond every corner they turn and down every street they walk.

As for that past, students will find themselves enthralled by, for example, the 'Nishi Honganji, [which has been] designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site [and] is the head temple of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect of Buddhism,' as well as any number of other Buddhist and Shinto shrines. So no matter how much history they learn in the classroom, the real-world experiencing of it is sure to reinforce their education in ways that are simply not possible back home.

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