Kyoto Diaries | Part II: Gion & Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Hello pretty people! How is your week going on? I hope good, and I bring more reasons for it to be good with today's post of our Kyoto Diaries. I have shared couple of gorgeous places that we visited in Kyoto while on our our short trip in the previous post, you can check the Kyoto Diaries, Part I before starting on today's part 2.

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Gion

Gion District

If you follow me on IG, you probably know how excited I was when I met a Geisha in Tokyo couple of weeks back. I am so mesmerised by them and love reading about them at all mediums (recommend some good books to me if you like). I had always thought of going to Kyoto and visiting Gion someday.

When we finally decided to do Kyoto this time, the first place I wanted to visit was Gion. The one place that I wanted to go to even before we planned our trip to Kyoto. I always wanted to be there; stroll in those streets, meet a geisha (which didn't happen though 🙁 ), get acquainted with the paths, and roam there for hours! It was so magical, I felt like I am in some old world, this place had such a vintage charm. We covered Pontocho alley as well with all the restaurants by the river, it was so beautiful, I’d go there again any day! 🙂

Central Gion Central Gion
So calm and peaceful even with people around! So calm and peaceful even with people around!
Blurry evenings! :D Blurry evenings! 😀
Gion Market Street Gion Market Street
Pontcho Alley: Very high chances of spotting a Geisha here.

Pontocho Alley: Very high chances of spotting a Geisha here. If you are interested, you can also take guided night walking tours of Gion, there are plenty of English-speaking guides provided by many certified companies in Kyoto. We wanted to check out things at our own pace so we did the night walking tour on our own. 😀

Access: Gion shijo Station (Keihan Main Line)

Kiyomizu-Dera

Kiyomizu-dera Temple Entrance  
View of the city from the main gate View of the city from the main gate
Kyoto Tower from Kiyomizu-dera Temple Kyoto Tower from Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Cute entrance tickets of the temple Cute entrance tickets of the templeKiyomizu-dera pagodas

Kiyomizu-dera, an independent Buddhist temple, is one of the most famous sites in Kyoto, also another World Heritage Site. It is the temple of the Goddess of Mercy. We covered this on our day 2 in the morning as it is an expansive site.

It is located atop a cliff and offers such lovely views of the city that we were left awestruck. It opens up pretty early in the morning (06:00), that was one reason we did it on our day 2 as we planned to reach there early and then just enjoy the beauty of this place. We reached there around 08:00 and it was already packed with so many people. This site has so many places to see, so many halls, gardens, tea houses that you can never have too much time here.

Main hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple Main hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Sacred water from the Otowa Waterfall at Kiyomizu-dera when seen from the Main Hall. Sacred water from the Otowa Waterfall divided into three streams when seen from the Main Hall.
Good wishes! :) Good wishes! 🙂Kiyomizu-dera Pagodas_1  
Waiting for turns to have the sacred Water. Waiting for turns to quench the body, mind and soul with the Sacred Water.
Whispers! :D Whispers! 😀
Inside of a hand-made pottery/ceramic shop. Aren't these gorgeous? Inside of a hand-made pottery/ceramic shop. Aren't these gorgeous?  
Breakfast

Breakfast: Even the walk from the bus stop to the site is so intriguing with plenty of famous handmade pottery, ceramics and tea sets' shops, pretty expensive though! 😀 We had our breakfast on one of the cute cafes on this street, it was lovely.

Access: City Bus no. 100 (bound for Kiyomizu-dera) and walk about 10 min.

Admission Fees: ¥300 for adults; children ¥200.

That's all for our short Kyoto trip, we did few more places recently around Tokyo, let me know if I should put up them here for you guys! 🙂 You can check more posts on the blog featuring places in and around Tokyo.

Thanks for stopping by and reading, I hope you enjoyed going through the pictures and our experiences!

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