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When Japan's capital was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo in 1869, the economy in Kyoto started to decline. To revitalize the economically fallen city, the people and government of Kyoto set out to aggressively modernize the city by embracing Western technology and culture. For example, Japan's first electric train started service in 1895 in Kyoto. Although the street cars are no longer running, there are still a number of interesting architectural points of interest that show the process of modernization in the city.

Old Bank of Japan Kyoto Branch buildingOld Bank of Japan Kyoto Branch building

Nakagyo Post OfficeNakagyo Post Office Mizuho Bank Kyoto Chuo BranchMizuho Bank Kyoto Chuo Branch Old Kyoto Central Telephone OfficeOld Kyoto Central Telephone Office Kyoto National MuseumKyoto National Museum Kyoto Station Central ConcourseKyoto Station Central Concourse Oike Street FountainOike Street Fountain Kitayama StreetKitayama Street