Kyoto, is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than on thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area.
With its 2,000 religious places – 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and architecture intact – it is one of the best preserved cities in Japan. Among the most famous temples in Japan are Kiyomizu-dera, a magnificent wooden temple supported by pillars off the slope of a mountain; Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion; Ginkaku-ji, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion; and Ryoan-ji, famous for its rock garden. The Heian Jingu is Shinto shrine, built in 1895, celebrating the Imperial family and commemorating the first and last emperors to reside in Kyoto. Three special sites have connections to the Imperial family: the Kyoto Gyoen area including the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Sento Imperial Palace, homes of the Emperors of Japan for many centuries; Katsura Imperial Villa, one of the nation’s finest architectural treasures; and Shugaku-in Imperial Villa, one of its best Japanese gardens. In addition, the temple of Sennyu-ji houses the tombs of the emperors from Shijo to Komei.
What are the three sites that connect to the Royal Family?
A. THE KYOTO GYOEN AREA, KATSURA IMPERIAL VILLA AND SHUGAKU-IN IMPERIAL VILLA.
B. KIYOMIZU-DERA, KINKAKU-JI AND GINKAKU-JI.
C. THE KYOTO GYOEN AREA, KYOTO IMPERIAL PALACE AND SENTO IMPERIAL PALACE.
D. THE TEMPLE OF SENNYU-JI, THE HEIAN JINGU AND THE KYOTO GYOEN AREA.