July 9, 2013

MY GUIDE THROUGH KYOTO, JAPAN




























So hello, 30 photos of Kyoto! What can I say? It was just an unique and gorgeous area. Because Kyoto is only 2,5 hours away from Tokyo, we decided to start our journey with some history in Japan. We stayed here for 3 full days and on the fourth we took the shinkansen train to the center of the hectic Tokyo. Here are my favourites from Kyoto:

Hotel: We stayed at the Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto-Hachijoguchi, nothing fancy but just a good and clean hotel with a central location. (walking distance of Kyoto station)

Temples and shrines: We’ve visited (a lot of) temples, one of them was the Temple of the Golden Pavillion, which was unbelievable beautiful (easy to go to by bus). We also really loved the Sanjusangendo temple where they have 1001 human sized statues, it’s very impressive.

Also a must see is the Fushimi Inari Shrine, with thousands of torii gates (the orange gates from my first post). The Fushimi Inari Shrine is very easy to go to by train and only takes you some minutes from Kyoto station.

Shopping: We accidentally found ourselfs in the Shin Kyogoku Shopping Arcade which is a really cool area to just walk through with loads of stores, mostly cute souvenir shops but it has such a nice vibe (easy to go to by bus). It is also connected to the larger shopping street. For the great boutiques you just need to explore every little alley you see, because you’ll never know what stores you will run in to. For example; Sanjo Dori street, which isn’t really an alley but we bumped into this street when taking an alley from the more main streets.

Dinner: Take of your shoes and eat with the locals! On our first night we just went in to the first restaurant we bumped in to. I can’t remember the name, but I will try to look it up. It was a great welcome to Kyoto, the food and vibe is amazing and it had ‘Japan’ written all over it.

For dinner with a great view go to Gion. Down the Kamo river they have loads of beautiful restaurants. We decided to have dinner at a rooftop restaurant, where you have an amazing view over Gion and the Kamo river. However, the food was not that great at our restaurant, but with that view it doesn’t even matter that much anymore. (again sorry, don’t know the name of the restaurant, all names on our receipts are in Japanese…).

Try: Green tea gelato, which was in my experience very disgusting! Haha.

Day trips: Arashiyama (easy to get there by train), where you have the bamboo forrest and the Moon Crossing Bridge for example. We rented a little row boat there (first picture), the surrounding was just so peaceful and beautiful.

Neighbourhoods: Gion is the Geisha district, which is best to walk through later in the night, when all the hystericial tourists wanting to spot a Geisha are gone. It’s a really beautiful area and we were lucky to come across of 4 geisha’s, it’s just impressing to see them in person (especially since the book Memoirs of a Geisha was a great read). And, no, we were not camping there, we just happen to be at the right place at the right moment.

I’m sure I have forgotten lots of things, but you get an idea and photos speak more than words. Hope it has any use for some of you one day. :)

44 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jul 9 2013

    Love all your Kyoto pics. I can’t believe green tea gelato tastes disgusting haha. Hope I can visit one day too :D

    xx

    glamdevils

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  2. Jul 9 2013

    Love it, enjoy! :)

    x

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  3. pipa
    Jul 9 2013

    Fantastic pics!!!

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  4. Jul 9 2013

    how cool is that!

    xoxo from rome
    K.
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  5. Jul 9 2013

    Super gaaf! Dit moet je echt een keer in je leven gezien hebben, heel mooi!

    X

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  6. Jul 9 2013

    Japan wil ik ooit nog zo graag heen! Het lijkt me zo’n fantastisch land. Mooie foto’s Cindy!

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  7. Jul 9 2013

    mooie shots! lijkt me super om er een keer heen te gaan! x

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  8. Jul 9 2013

    Breathtaking photos!

    Xx
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  9. Jul 9 2013

    It looks like a fabolous trip! Lucky you…!!! Great pics!

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    xoxoxo

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  10. Jul 9 2013

    Another place I want to see in my life. That bambus forrest looks magic!

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  11. Jul 9 2013

    The photos are amazing, I want to go there so badly!

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  12. Jul 9 2013

    Wow beautiful pics !
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    Love from Paris

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  13. Jul 9 2013

    what a beautiful place. would love to visit there sometime!

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  14. Jul 9 2013

    bamboo forest is amazing :)))

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  15. Jul 9 2013

    The pictures are amazing, it looks like such a beautiful trip!!
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  16. Jul 9 2013

    tea gelato isnt good? hard to believe hahaha :) enjoy !! this place looks beautiful
    x

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  17. Jul 9 2013

    wow wat een bijzonder land!

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  18. Jul 9 2013

    Wooooooow! Daar wil ik ook eens heen, wat een andere cultuur! Ziet er echt prachtig uit :)

    Love,

    Rowan

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  19. Jul 9 2013

    Klinkt echt als een fantastische ervaring en wat een prachtige foto’s! Als zo kijkt lijkt het echt een hele andere wereld, heel mooi! xx

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  20. Jul 9 2013

    Amazing post and amazing city. I’ve been to Kyoto once… it seems so unreal, as if I dreamt it!

    xx,
    E.
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  21. Jul 9 2013

    Love this post! Going to Tokyo soon, I should definetly try to go to Kyoto while I’m there :)

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  22. Jul 9 2013

    I’m blasted! I have many dreams one of them to visit the orient! Japan is like a fantasy land, i hope i have time and money to go there and enjoy the place in peace, calm and curious!
    Thanks for the post, i really enjoyed it.

    Love,

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  23. Jul 9 2013

    Wat een geweldige foto’s zeg!
    Als ik ooit de kans krijg, ga ik er zeker naartoe!

    Xoxo

    Caroline
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  24. Emma
    Jul 9 2013

    Breathtaking photos, really beautiful scene

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  25. Jul 9 2013

    Amazing pictures and thanks for this virtual “city visit”.

    Monica

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  26. Jul 9 2013

    Beautiful photos!

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  27. Jul 9 2013

    beautiful capture!

    monkeyshines
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  28. Jul 9 2013

    Wat een heerlijke foto’s zeg!

    Japan staat al zo ontzettend lang op mijn bucket-list!
    En deze foto’s maken het nog erger :p

    Ik zal je post zeker even aan mijn favorieten toevoegen zodat ik als ik ooit naar Japan ga je tips kan gebruiken ;)

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  29. Jul 9 2013

    Amazing pics…I want to go Japan….

    xxxxxx

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  30. Jul 9 2013

    Moooi! Zelf ga ik donderdag naar China, ik ben ontzettend benieuwd… Moeilijk om me er al echt iets bij voor te stellen.

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  31. Jul 9 2013

    Beautiful!!!

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  32. Jul 9 2013

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos from your trip! I would love to visit Japan one day, it looks so zen and magical! Also thanks for the travel guide.

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  33. Jul 9 2013

    WOW. I am speecheless.. Such a beautiful shots. I wanna go there now :-P

    XOXO Maud

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  34. Jul 10 2013

    The pictures are beautiful , enjoy !

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  35. Jul 10 2013

    Wow amazing photos! I will look at them once more now, after I read the post. I’ve never been to Japan so I was very curious about your experience!
    Thanks for sharing:)

    xx
    Tali

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  36. Jul 10 2013

    These photos are absolutely amazing! Japan and Kyoto specifically are definitely now on my wishlist of places to go- and that one picture that’s all of those red poles that make a tunnel looks like a scene from ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’!
    Thank you for sharing :)
    L.
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  37. Jul 10 2013

    Kyoto was definitely one of my favourite places during my recent Japan trip! It’s the abundance of history on every corner you turn

    x karen
    http://www.thechicndamned.blogspot.com

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  38. Jul 10 2013

    Japan, so different, yet so intriguing! Hope you had good time

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  39. Jul 10 2013

    Wouw hele mooie foto’s !
    Ik zou ook zo graag nog eens jaar Japan willen

    X Esther
    CONFASHIONS

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  40. Jul 10 2013

    I wasn’t really a fan of Japan as a holiday location but your pictures definitely changed that thought. So great!

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  41. Jul 11 2013

    looks like you had a great time, with lots of unforgetable impressions.

    thanks for the short time out with your pics.

    groetjes
    vreeni

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  42. Jul 11 2013

    I am stunned by the beauty of these photos, so so so pretty!
    Hopefully one day I’ll get to visit Japan too!

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