Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto was a huge contrast to Tokyo. Jess and I stayed at a traditional hostel in a quiet area of Shimogyō-ku, void of the bustling nightlife and seediness of Shinjuku.  

It’s too hard to pick a highlight from Kyoto. Although Jess and I were only in Kyoto for a few days, we visited so many beautiful spots.

We checked out Ginkakuji Temple (and its garden), Nanzenji Temple and Kiyomizudera Temple on our first day.

Our second day was spent in Nara (I’ll share photos from this day in a separate blog post).  

But it was our third and final day in Kyoto that was the most busy. First stop was Kinkakuji Temple, an impressive piece of architecture with its top two floors covered in gold leaf.

Next was the district of Arashiyama where we walked through the famous bamboo groves, enjoyed a rickshaw ride and visited the Iwatayama Monkey Park.  

We ended the day at the torii gate-covered hiking trail at Fushimi Inari Shrine. 

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