Things to do in Kyoto

Kyoto, the wonderful old capital of Japan, never ceases to amaze. Ancient and sophisticated, Kyoto has a lot to offer from historical sites, splendid gardens to luxurious hotels and restaurants. For a taste of Japanese tradition, Kyoto is the place to go!

Tenryi Ji Temple
Tenryi Ji Temple

TENRYU-JI TEMPLE One of the best day trips from Kyoto’s city center, the Tenryu-ji temple is located next to Arashiyama’s famous bamboo grove. The temple is surrounded by a majestic garden that survived the ages.

Yasaka shrine, japanese lanterns
Yasaka shrine, japanese lanterns

YASAKA SHRINE Many shrines and temples in Japan are not accessible after sunset, but the Yasaka shrine, next to Kyoto’s famous Gion district, is open all night and is beautifully illuminated. The shrine becomes especially festive in the Cherry blossom season, with lots of food and beer stands.

Two Maiko in Gion (Kanamitsu and Chikayuki)
Two Maiko in Gion (Kanamitsu and Chikayuki)

GION, GEISHA DISTRICT Geisha’s are an iconic symbol of Japan’s sophisticated traditional entertainment industry. The art of Geishas is still alive in Kyoto. Gion is one of the most famous district where Geishas are found in modern Japan. As the sun sets, it is relatively easy to see Geishas and Maikos walking on Gion’s streets, heading to their appointments.

Kiyomizudera Entrance
Kiyomizudera Entrance

KIYOMIZUDERA TEMPLE The Kiyomizu-dera is an amazing temple overlooking the city of Kyoto. The temple is famous for its large wooden structure that allows it to stand above the surrounding forest.

Walking In Higashiyama District
Walking In Higashiyama District

HIGASHIYAMA HISTORICAL DISTRICT Higashiyama is a preserved historical district located on the Eastward slopes of Kyoto. The district has kept its traditional charm. The streets are lined with craft stores, cafes, and the ubiquitous souvenir shops.

Japanese Red Gates Of Fushimi Inari
Japanese Red Gates Of Fushimi Inari

FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE Fushimi Inari is an iconic shrine of Kyoto made famous for its thousands of red torii gates. Climbing mount Inariyama is a truly special experience found nowhere else in Japan.

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Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

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