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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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.
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! 🙂
So calm and peaceful even with people around!
Blurry evenings! 😀
Gion Market Street
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)
View of the city from the main gate
Kyoto Tower from Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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 that we were left awestruck. Furthermore, it opens up pretty early in the morning (06:00); hence, 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. 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
Sacred water from the Otowa Waterfall divided into three streams when seen from the Main Hall.
Waiting for turns to quench the body, mind, and soul with the Sacred Water.
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. 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!