Welcome to the second part of my Kyoto Travel guide! As you remember from the first part, Kyoto is the former capital of Japan, rich in temples, museums and great food. We spent 3 days and we saw 5 temples and shrines – and not all the ones that we wanted to visit! It’s a great place to take your time and enjoy, and also venture outside the city for some hiking in the nature. There are some amazing landscapes!
Kyoto Travel Guide
The Ginkaku-ji temple was my favourite. It is a Zen temple in Kyoto’s eastern mountains, consisting of the Silver Pavilion, temples buildings, a moss garden and a dry sand garden. The way to see everything is follow the trail from which you can see the gardens and the buildings from different points.
On the way to Ginkaku-ji (or from there), have a walk along the Philosopher’s Path. It was honestly not that impressive, but I am sure that it is way more beautiful when the cherry trees are in blossom. Like this it feels rather empty and melancholic – but still perfect for a philosopher no?
The Higashi Honganji temple is one of the two Honganji temples – two large temples in the centre of Kyoto and not that far from the central station. They are the headquarters of the Jodo-Shin Sect (True Pure Land Sect), one of Japan’s largest Buddhist sects.
Kyiomizudera temple is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto and is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. From up there you get an amazing view of Kyoto and you can spot many men, women and children wearing traditional Japanese clothing.
It is great to check out the Kyoto Tower for one evening, built to celebrate the 1200th anniversary of the capital’s foundation in Kyoto. You should definitely go up the rainbow stairs, to checking out Kyoto from higher up from the Observation Deck, and having a delicious diner at one of the restaurants in the shopping centre.
The Kyoto Tower can also be added on the list. It is not as tall as some buildings in Tokyo, it is the tallest one in Kyoto (131 m) with the viewing platform at 100m. As we already had a nice view of Kyoto, we go inside it anymore. But it is a great sight through the city, both day and night.
The International Manga Museum is hosted in a former elementary school and was opened in 2006. It’s not only a museum but also a place of research and library with hundreds of books. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take any pictures, but for a fee of 800Yen, it’s worth being introduced to the world of manga.
What would you visit if you went to Kyoto? If you have already been, what would you recommend? Stay tuned for food recommendations!
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Great blog and amazing post!! I hope I will see this myself one day!
I keep hearing about Zen but I don’t know how does it work. But the landscape in Japan is so fascinating and original! I love landscapes!! Do they do an ablution at the dragon pit before entry!?
I think this part is my favorite
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I already wanted to go from the part 1, now I cannot die without going there!
You are lucky you got to visit this part of the world. This is in my bucket list, nice pictures and good info!
Rose Sahetapy says
I like your review! Very informative. Kyoto is such a beautiful city where modern and tradsitional blended as one. I wish I could visit Japan one day.
Awesome post! Cant wait to visit Japan now.Am making my plans already!
Jasmin N says
That temple looks so peaceful! And that mascot is absolutely adorable :3 Loved the post!
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Awesome pictures, I’d love to visit myself.
Can’t wait to see those temples <3
I would love to go to Kyoto more for the traditional and history side more than anything else. These temples are amazing and the green is so therapeutic !
Tatiana Bastos says
I’m gonna definitely stay tune for food recommendation! ahahahaha I was just last night eating sushi and saying that the main reason I would like to visit Japan would be to try their daily food. I’ve tried some hot snacks they serve with Sake, while living in New York, in a hidden, unknown Sake bar. They were great! Your blog’s title rocks! 🙂
Sabra of Great Green Heron says
I love the old and the new architecture of old, but still vibrant cities like this one.
Those temples are stunning. I love all of the culture you have captured in your photos. I’d love to visit all of the temples and the Kyoto Tower!
It’s sooo beautiful! Great article! I wish I could be there some day
Beautiful pictures! I love to live vicariously through everyone’s travels! I can travel the world through blog posts everyday 🙂
keish keish says
i dont think i would visit but my friend would totally love the International Manga Museum she would go crazy LOL…are you travelling alone ?
I would go absolutely crazy in the International Manga Museum! I really want to visit Kyoto!