Kyoto

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Here I’m gonna talk about Kyoto. I have been there twice this year, one in February, one in April (perfectly missed the sakura season though). Rather than Tokyo, people say this is the real heart of Japan. I can’t tell if this is correct, the only thing I can tell is every time I visit Kyoto, my desire to stay becomes stronger.

The Sights

Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, also known as the city of ten thousand shrines. It’s nearly impossible to visit all these sights, but somehow we may want to avoid the most busiest sights. There are some following advices:

1. The Gion(祇園) Area – You are not gonna miss this popular area. A famous district near Kamo River, filled with shops, restaurants, teahouse and Geisha entertainment. I believe it’s the busiest area of Kyoto at night, with different  restaurants and Izakaya(Japanese mini bar) along the Kamo River. With 10 minutes walk, you’ll see another famous sight Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺). However it’s way too famous that I found it hard to enjoy the view with tons of visitors.

The Kamo River.(@Fashionmimo)
The Kamo River.(@Fashionmimo)
A Geisha House in Gion, it looks like a normal restaurant at daytime but at night, it only welcome people with membership.(@Fahionmimo)
A Geisha House in Gion, it looks like a normal restaurant at daytime but at night, it only welcome people with membership.(@Fahionmimo)
Just outside Gion, there is the busiest area along the Kamo River. (@Fashionmimo)
Just outside Gion, there is the busiest area along the Kamo River. (@Fashionmimo)
Tea house near Kiyomizu-dera. (@Fashionmimo)
Tea house near Kiyomizu-dera. (@Fashionmimo)

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2. Kinkaku-Ji-The golden temple has already become a symbol of Japan. Located in a fancy Japanese garden. It’s nice to chill at the garden and enjoy a cup of Matcha 🙂

The tickets of Kinkaku-Ji, also amulets. (@Fashionmimo)
The tickets of Kinkaku-Ji, also known as Japanese amulets. (@Fashionmimo)
The map of the garden. (@Fashionmimo)
The map of the garden. (@Fashionmimo)

3.Fushimi Inari-taisha (伏見稲荷大社)-It’s located at the outskirt of Kyoto, so we took railway to get there. It’s really a good place to shoot some pics with the representative Torii Path across the mountain.

The Torii Path. (@Fashionmimo)
The Torii Path. (@Fashionmimo)

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4. Arashiyama(嵐山)-on the western outskirt of Kyoto, famous for it’s bamboo forest and picturesque views with cherry blossoms or autumn leaves. It’s also a great place to enjoy natural hot spring.

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The Ryokan 

Since you are in Kyoto, trying the Japanese ryokan is a must. I suggest to book earlier in case there would be a shortage of rooms in peak season. This time I tried two ryokans, and I strongly recommend the Kyomachia Ryokan Sakura, traditional ryokan with advanced facility, also English-friendly. And if you are asking me which district would be better to stay at, I would suggest Higashiyama-ku (東山区) or Shimogyō-ku (下京区).

Lobby of the hotel.(@Fashionmimo)
Lobby.(@Fashionmimo)
Our Tatami Room. (@Fashionmimo)
Our Tatami Room. (@Fashionmimo)

Transport

Taking the Shinkansen or JR can reach any other big cities in Japan. In town, rather than the metro, I suggest to take a bus. It’s cheaper (500 yen for one-day trip with unlimited rides) and more convenient, cuz it covers most tourist sights.

Hope this article would help you if you are also interested! ;D (@Fahionmimo)

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12 Replies to “Kyoto”

    1. Thank you dear, yes I have also been to Tokyo. It’s hard to compare these 2 cities since they are totally different in every way. Tokyo is a big, big metropolitan with lots of entertainments. While Kyoto is more historical. Personally I love Kyoto very much more because it’s a unique city deeply influenced by traditional Japanese culture and philosophy 🙂

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  1. Kyoto was one of the places I loved most in Japan! Sadly, I missed Gion by being a baka gaijin, simply turning round in circles and missing signs that should have made the walk to it obvious from the Teramachi area :/ But I did enjoy Arashiyama and other areas! I went to Fushimi Inari late in the day, but was still disappointed to find way too many tourists – this made it hard to take pretty pictures when there was always SOMEONE’s head or arm popping into the frame unexpectedly *sighs* Still…Kyoto remains deep in my heart,

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    1. Hahaha I share your pain! Got lost all the time when I was in japan as well. Kyoto has a lot more than tourist attractions! However if you don’t do much research you might don’t even notice those historical restaurants/shrines/ryokans along the streets. So now I’m learning Japanese for my next Kyoto trip!

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      1. My fave part was EXACTLY just finding cool stuff by wandering around. My fave temple/shrine of all Japan was the one I found near the ryoukan I stayed at in Kyoto (wish I knew the name of it). I just randomly saw it while on a combini run 🙂

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