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Chasing mystery in Kyoto

Photos of famous (and lesser-known) sites from a city that was Japan's imperial, cultural and religious capital for more than a millennium.
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Nighttime on 先斗町 (Ponto-Cho), a pedestrian alley lined with cafes, bars and Old World Japanese tea houses. Photo: Spud Hilton / The Chronicle

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The Kyoto Tower from Kyoto Train Station. Photo: Spud Hilton / The Chronicle

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An okonomiyaki dish called issen yoshoku is the only dish on the menu at Issen Yoshoku restaurant. Photo: Spud Hilton, The Chronicle

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The brass temple bell at Hoko-ji, a 16th century temple in the Higashiyama Ward of Kyoto. Photo: Spud Hilton / The Chronicle

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House for the brass temple bell at Hoko-ji temple in Kyoto. Photo: Spud Hilton / The Chronicle

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Shrine and fountain at Rengeoin Sanjusangendo temple in Kyoto. Photo: Spud Hilton / The Chronicle

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The main gate at Rengeoin Sanjusangendo, a temple in Kyoto. Photo: Spud Hilton / The Chronicle

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The ancient three-story pagoda at the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto. Photo: Spud Hilton / The Chronicle

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Visitors walk among the thousands of shrine gates at the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. Photo: Spud Hilton / The Chronicle

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