Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a millennium, and has the reputation as its most beautiful city. However, recent events have made the city bloom in a rare color. Kyoto has been experiencing the coldest days this winter with temperatures dropping below 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit) and it became a white wonderland.

The average January temperature in Kyoto is 5°C (41°F), so the rare occasion inspired people to document it using photographs. Being one of the biggest UNESCO World Heritage site in the world, a snow blanket-covered Kyoto has amazing sights to offer for the photographers. The Golden Pavillion, Geisha district of Gion, Arashiyama bamboo forest, and other places look peaceful in a really non-tradition kind of way. Here are some of the best images of a snowy Kyoto!

Update: we want to apologize to Lucas Shu for posting his image without a watermark. We credit each and every image with a link below it, but as Lucas Shu pointed out the images get stolen and spread around the internet and the credits get lost. We apologize for our mistake, and we'll do our best not to repeat that again.

(h/t: rocketnews24)

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Emre 2 years ago

magical. I always adore Japan nature...

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Lucy Chiang 2 years ago

Neko Atsume for reals!!

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

WOW! Love the segments in the bamboo

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Nicolette Cassano 2 years ago

It looks like at the top of these steps lays a sleeping dragon under a 10,000 year old bonsai tree

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ugaas wiilhoog 2 years ago

I love how the Japanese are one of the most technological advanced people in the world but at the same time they hold on to their traditions and costumes. simply beautiful.

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Uni N 2 years ago

made of gold? o.O

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Lynne Stankard 2 years ago

Now this is beautiful x

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Emre 2 years ago

like a postcard

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Ouzodaki 2 years ago

Lovely.

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Emre 2 years ago

I'm afraid of these girls. They seem like civil ninjas

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Heather 2 years ago

OMG! I would love to live there. The colors go so well together.

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Uni N 2 years ago

wana visit

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Uni N 2 years ago

NExt Destination Japan! hope it will come true

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Jo'an Tanaka 2 years ago

Beautiful Arashiyama!

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