Things to do in KYOTO JAPANWednesday, April 30, 2014
|Tourists wearing Kimonos|
For ChaMike's first Japan adventure we decided to visit two main cities- Kyoto & Tokyo. If you want to get a taste of old Japan: picturesque temples, peaceful gardens and parks, colorful shrines, zen lifestyle and the iconic Geisha and Maiko- Kyoto is the best venue to experience these.
If you only have a few days to spare, check the list of what we did during our stay.
What better way to experience old Japan than to stay in a Ryokan or Old Japanese Inn. We stayed at Ryokan Sanga and we were transported back to the Edo Japanese Period.
|Ryokan Sanga Room|
2. Appreciate History, Architecture and Nature at Nijo Castle
Visit one of UNESCO'S World Heritage sites built by Tokugawa Shoguns as the residence of the shogun during the 1600's
Get to walk along the famous vermilion torii gates, every angle is picture perfect.
|Fushimi Inari Shrine|
The most famous zen temple in Kyoto where the top two floors of the temple are covered with gold leaf.
5. Geisha and Maiko Hunting in Gion
Gion is the most well-known Geisha District in all of Japan where you can spot Geishas and Maikos (authentic and not) walking along the streets.
Kyoto is a bike friendly city. It is an economic way to get you around the area, saves you time and money.
There are numerous shrines, temples and parks around Kyoto where you can spend time exploring and appreciating the structure, history and culture.
6. Feed the Deers at Nara Park
Visiting a nearby town to feed the deers is an experience for us, so going to Nara is worth the 40-minute travel.
Pigging out in Japan is a must. Experience an authentic Japanese dishes and eat your heart out!
Kyoto is a very laid-back city which is waaaay different from Tokyo. It has a certain charm which sets it apart from any other cities I've been to. The people are nice, the streets are peaceful, the sights are breathtaking and constant surprises are inevitable which will make you comeback for more. Do not ever miss Kyoto when you're in Japan.
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Ryokan Sanga Kyoto Japan
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Fushimi Inari Kyoto Japan
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Gion District Kyoto Japan
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Shinkansen going to Tokyo from Kyoto Japan