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Tuttle's 100 Kyoto Sights

Kyoto’s top sights brought to life through the evocative words of long-term resident John Dougill and the stunning photography of Patrick Hochner.

Kyoto is the birthplace of Japanese culture—a fact that is evident in every corner of the city. Japan’s ancient capital is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the famous Golden Pavilion and the fortified Nijo Castle. And though Kyoto is brimming with historic sites, its people are what make it special—from geishas and master craftsmen to the performers of Noh and the ordinary citizens who participate in its colorful Matsuri festivals.

Dougill and Hochner are longtime residents who help you discover the “real” Kyoto. Between the festivals and markets, restaurants and gardens, it would take you many trips to see all the 100 recommended sights. This book allows you to explore them all in one sitting, and is sure to provide plenty of inspiration for your next trip.

About the Author:
John Dougill was born in the UK and studied at Leeds and Oxford Universities. He has recently retired and is now professor emeritus at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. He runs the Green Shinto blog and is the organizer of Writers in Kyoto. He has written papers on Shinto and paganism as well as a study of Lafcadio Hearn, and amongst his many books on Japan are Kyoto: A Cultural HistoryZen Gardens and Temples of KyotoJapan’s World Heritage Sites, and In Search of Japan’s Hidden Christians.

Patrick Hochner started taking photographs in his native Alsace, France, when he was 14, squatting the family bathroom for his darkroom. At around the same time, he started to be interested in traveling, meeting other people, and discovering how they live. He has never stopped doing both, combining photography and travels, whenever possible, and has traveled over 100 countries in every part of the world. Arriving in Japan at the end of the ’70s, he got married to a Japanese woman and has called Japan his home for some 30 years. After falling in love with the city of Kyoto, the old imperial capital, he is now sharing his life between this city, Nice in France, and traveling. His main interest is currently the Hanamachi or so-called “flower districts” of Kyoto, an amazing secret world full of grace and beauty.

Getting the book

It’s a rather small and easy to carry paperback book (15 x 15 cm or 6″ x 6″). It features hundreds of color photographs over 240 pages of text with a few maps. The list price in the US is $10.99 (eBook) and $15.99 (paperback). This price is slightly different in other currencies in other countries. There is only one, English, version of the book. Of course, the price may vary from shop to shop.

The book was released on June 23rd and is or should be available from any place already selling Tuttle books, which means numerous book stores around the world. Of course, it can also be ordered online on the sites mentioned below.


You can use the links on each country name below to order from Amazon. If your country is not listed, then simply do a search for “100 Kyoto Sights” or ISBN 9784805315422 with the search function of your favorite site.

eBook versions:

Amazon sells a Kindle version on its various sites and Tuttle sells a Kobo version on Rakuten Books which you can get here:

Simply click on the country name below if you’d like to get the book from Amazon. Or click on the logo of the other options depending on your location. 






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      in France

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