Nowhere is the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi more evident than in Kyoto.
Kyoto is a marvel of shapes, colours, and harmony. The aesthetic of leaving things unfinished, of upkeep and rebuilding, and of complementing nature with architecture are key ideas which make it the most historically, and perhaps culturally, rich city in Japan.
The cultural and spiritual importance of the city are owed to the many temples and shrines, which invite visitors to contemplate, cleanse, and celebrate.
And in the few places a temple or shrine is outside eyeshot, the natural beauty of the city reminds you that you are somewhere very special.
If you look with patience and care, Kyoto is a truly rewarding place to visit.