31.(一)Kyoto is a city in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan and a major part of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto 【metropolitan area (31)】 with its population close to 1.5 million today. Kyoto is 310 miles away from Tokyo and 31 miles away from Osaka. The Kyoto Basin is surrounded on three sides by mountains. Central Kyoto City is situated mostly on the flat area, with its 【prime (32)】 sightseeing spots 【scattered (33)】 along the base of the mountains.
Kyoto’s winters, like its summers, are 【moist (34)】, thus making it feel colder than it really is. There is little snowfall in Kyoto City, while northern Kyoto sees snowfall. There is nothing quite like the 【breathtaking (35)】 sight of Kyoto’s finest temples and shrines under a thin blanket of snow. Be sure to dress warmly in a jacket or an overcoat. However, all major 【facilities (36)】, such as museums, hotels, and department stores use heating, so include these stops in your 【itinerary (37)】 for a break from the cold as needed.
Kyoto in winter has a 【unique (38)】, nostalgic feel. But winters here are cold, so you’ll need to make sure you bring the 【proper (39)】 clothing. Good preparation will help you make the most of your trip! If you arrive from Tokyo, you can 【board (40)】 the Shinkansen Nozomi at Tokyo Station. It will go directly to Kyoto Station. We wish you an enjoyable stay in Kyoto.
(A) downtown of a big city
(B) separated cities
(C) business area of a city
(D) area of or relating to a major city