Kyoto had been the political and cultural center of Japan for more than 1,000 years. Even now, there are old Shinto shrines and temples all over the city, making it one of the largest tourist attractions in Japan. It is known as Japanese world famous ancient capital.Many cultural assets of Kyoto have been designated as world's cultural heritage sites. Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district. There are shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses) where geiko(Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko(geiko apprentices) entertain. Kyoto is not as big as Tokyo is today. It offers a smaller town atmosphere with an ancient atmosphere.