After a crazy summer of travel for work and holiday, I'm finally getting around to writing about our time in Kyoto, Japan. If you've followed along with my previous blog and Instagram posts you may already know that Sunny and I went to Tokyo on business earlier this summer. We've both been in love with Japanese culture since we were young and a fun fact is that our first date was actually in a Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. So because are both so obsessed with Japan we decided to extend the trip a bit longer so we could have a few days to holiday and explore.
When visiting Japan for the first time, seeing Kyoto is also a must, however getting to Kyoto from Tokyo isn't exactly a quick ride. It's about a 2 hour trip via the Shinkansen bullet train and about approximately $150 USD each way, so this is something you only do if you're committed to visiting Kyoto. All this said, visiting Kyoto was 100% worth it, in fact, we loved it so much we plan on spending several more days there during our next trip. And I already have it on our list to visit this restaurant (if any of you have been there please email me and tell me how it was).
Many friends and followers on Instagram are asking me about our itinerary in Kyoto so I've posted it here below. We had an absolutely amazing time and I am happy to send a more detailed itinerary to anyone who is planning a trip to Kyoto and would like one.
Fushimi Inari-Taisha // The 2 hour hike through the famous orange Torri and shrine was definitely the highlight of our time in Kyoto. This place has such a fascinating history and the vermillion colors are mesmerizing.
Shrine-Hopping // As my friend Jane said, there are so many Shrines in Kyoto you can't really go wrong. After visiting Kyoto, I totally agree with this. We really enjoyed visiting the historic budist temple Kenninji, but there are many others that people rank higher - I think this is a pretty great list here.
Gion // The most famous geisha district in Kyoto is now packed with cool bars, restaurants, and shopping. As a photography fan I really loved visiting the Leica store there which is housed in a beautiful old building with sliding wooden doors.
Riverside Dining by the Kamo River // There are miles of restaurants along the banks of the Kamo River that are ALL GOOD. My recommendation is to enjoy exploring the area around dusk then duck into a spot that tickles your fancy at the time. You can easily find sushi and yakitori options here.