Things To Do In Kyoto | Day 2 of 2

Things to do in Kyoto

Hello, travel bugs! How is your week going on? I hope good, and I bring more reasons for it to be good with my second post in our Things To Do in Kyoto series. I have shared a couple of gorgeous places that we visited in Kyoto while on our short trip in the previous post. You can check the Day 1 of 2 before starting on today's day 2. I have emphasized this in the previous post as well, planning is really crucial for all your things to do in Kyoto if you do not want to miss out on anything important.

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Things to do in Kyoto


Things to do in Kyoto_Gion District

If you follow me on IG, you probably know my excitement when I met a Geisha in Tokyo couple of weeks back. Their beauty mesmerizes me and I 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.

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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. Since 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 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, apparently, 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 to leave you awestruck. Furthermore, it opens up pretty early in the morning (06:00); hence, that was one reason we did it on our day 2. Our plan was 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. As much as we wanted to spend more time here, we had a Shinkansen to catch making us leave early.

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: 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! 😀 Consequently, 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, sharing our things to do in Kyoto. Additionally, we did a 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!


  • That breakfast looks yummy, I can’t wait to go back to Kyoto!

  • Kyoto seems like a lovely place to be! I soo wana visit Kyoto and meet the Geishas

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    • Hopefully you get a chance soon 🙂

  • Alexandra

    Seems like a lovely place, would love to visit one day.

    • It is lovely indeed. I hope you get to visit soon. 🙂

  • Visiting Japan is definitely on my bucket list. That country is so wonderful with all it’s beauty, history and sometimes crazy culture. If I’ll ever make it Kyoto will be my first stop there, and your to do list will be remembered then!

    • Thanks Anna. I hope you get to visit Japan soon, you will love it 🙂

  • Kyoto looks like a very beautiful place. Your photos are stunning. Japan has so many beautiful places each one just as nice than the other.I would love to visit Japan one day.

    • I hope you do visit it soon, its a beautiful place and I left a piece of my heart in Japan. 🙂

  • kathryn Maher

    Kyoto looks very beautiful judging from those great photographs. I would love to travel to Japan and explore it. The whole geisha tradition and history is totally fascinating to me too.

    • These photographs do no justice to its beauty and fascination, believe me. You have to be there to experience it. 🙂

  • Laura Dove

    Wow so many things to see and do! Your photos are amazing, this is definitely the kind of place that I would love to visit!

    • You would love it for sure! 🙂

  • Jio

    Kyoto looks a great place to visit I will definitely try to visit Kyoto once in my life and geisha must be beautiful as well…

  • I remember how beautiful Kyoto was from my time living in Japan. You have captured some lovely parts also within your blog which brought back some fond memories for me. I want to return and see it all again one day.

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    The architecture of these Buddhist temples are full of positive energies. I visited few typical one in Beijing and Shanghai and they were awesome. Need to plan my Kyoto visit soon:)

  • Kyoto looks so colorful and unique place for holidays. Temple looks so pious and divine with beautiful pagoda styled architecture. Nice information on Kyoto.

  • Hal Yusuf

    looks super cool and it didn’t look super busy either at the attractions which is a plus – i bet you were thinking that you want to be their long enough as theres so much to see! great photos!

  • Ketki Sharangpani

    great post, love all the suggestions. Kyoto must be stunning in cherry blossom season

  • David Elliott

    Looks like it was an amazing trip. The food looks delicious. And the tea there would have been awesome. It all just looks so beautiful.

  • Margarette Puno

    This looks like an awesome trip! Tokyo Japan looks like a great place to visit. I always wanted to see cherry blossom.

  • Tokyo and Kyoto are the places I want to visit most on vacation, I want to see the cherry blossom festival there! Your photos are so beautiful! Looks like such a great trip!

  • dee

    I want to go to Kyoto so badly and seeing your images is making me really set on the trip. Thank you for such a great breakdown and photos