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TRAVEL WATCH: MARCH 6, 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 9

Memories and More in Magical Kyoto
Though a thoroughly modern city, parts of Kyoto's past can be found

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This collection of pictures of Kyoto taken by amateur photographer Kenkichi Niwa (1911-97) captures Kyoto's evolution during the 20th century

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Stepping into a traditional Japanese ryokan like the Tawaraya in Kyoto is like entering the Japan of our dreams

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After Memoirs of a Geisha, Lonely Planet's guide to Kyoto is the only book you'll need during your visit

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PHOTO STOP This collection of pictures of Kyoto taken by amateur photographer Kenkichi Niwa (1911-97) captures the ancient city's evolution during the 20th century. The black and whites are particularly poignant, showing Kyoto in all its charm both before and after the war. Maintained by Akio Niwa, one of Kenkichi's sons, the site is simple to navigate and packed with arresting images.

PATH FINDER Given that this site is run by the government, it is surprisingly useful. Once the map page of the Kyoto section loads, you can point and click your way around the city, opening images and getting information on nine separate districts. Click on a landmark--like the Philosopher's Walk--for a description and picture. The site also provides details on when to go and where to stay. To help you decide, there's a link to Welcome Inn, a volunteer group that assists travelers with accommodation that fits their bankbooks as well as their taste.

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