Kyoto has a way of making you feel like you’re stepping back in time. Everything is so traditional, and full of history. It was refreshing to get out of the city, and into nature!
WHAT TO SEE AND DO:
A temple with a giant deck that over looks the city, and other various temples. We went crazy, taking pictures here!
2) Gion Shirakawa
Explore the ancient town of Gion, where you can shop for cute knick-knacks, and eat traditional food. You’ll most likely see some Geisha’s walking around!
3) Fushimi Inari Shrine
The home of 10,000 torri gates — A tunnel of red that seems like it goes on forever! The trick is finding a gap in the crowd to get a good picture. A lot of people try to get their pictures in the beginning, but walk a little further down and you’ll see it start to clear up.
4) Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
The dreamiest and most lush spot in all of Kyoto. You can rent bikes and ride around on the paved paths — it’s pretty big! This spot is awesome because it is beautiful all year round.
5) Monkey Park
A hike to a park full of monkeys, and beautiful view that overlooks the city. There is a feeding house with big windows, where you can feed the monkeys from the inside! Just a heads up, keep a safe distance from the monkeys because they WILL hit you!
6) Sagano Trolley (image via google)
This is a sightseeing train with big open windows. It follows along the Hozu River, and its path is lined with big trees — Absolutely dreamy in the spring, for cherry blossom season!
7) Maruyama Park
If you’re lucky, you’ll run into a festival here. Especially in the spring for ‘Hanami’, to welcome the cherry blossoms! This park is particularly pretty in the spring and the fall with the colorful trees.
8) Kinkaku-ji Temple
The ‘Golden Pavilion’ was built and gold plated in 1398, and it has been kept in such pristine condition! This is the most popular attraction in Kyoto, so be sure to go early in the morning and avoid weekends.
9) Sanjusangendo Temple (image via google)
The hall of the ‘Lotus King’ surrounded by a thousand armed statues. We didn’t have time to do this, but we will be back!
10) Nara Park (an hour train ride from Kyoto Station)
Nara park is inhabited with hundreds of free roaming deer. There are vendors on the street that sell deer food, and the deer bow as you present them food! It is wild!
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