As a continuation of my blog series on Japan, I’ll be featuring the former imperial capital.
Kyoto is rich in history and culture. In fact, it has a stunning array of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
From Tokyo, hubby and I took a 3-hour bullet train to Kyoto.
Everything is cheaper in Kyoto, from food, transportation, hotel, etc. There are many restaurants to try and spots to visit. We only had limited time so we chose to go to the following:
1. Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.
Foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds.
There are trails leading to Mount Inari which stands at 233 meters.
We didn’t hike anymore but we were able to trek for 45 minutes to catch a nice view over Kyoto.
With the endless arcade of vermiliion torii (shrine gates) spread across the mountain, Fushimi tops my list of Kyoto sights.
There were torii gate replicas being sold, where you can write a wish and leave it hanging there.
2. Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion)
Kinkakuji is a Zen temple where the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.
The golden reflection shimmering across the bond was breathtaking.
3. Ryoanhi Temple
This is Japan’s most famous rock garden.
The garden consists of a rectangular plot of pebbles surrounded by low earthen walls, with 15 rocks laid out in small groups on patches of moss.
The garden is viewed from the head priest’s former residence.
You can walk around the temple grounds which include a park area with pond.
4. Kiyomizudera Temple
This is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan founded in 780.
Before reaching the temple, there’s a lane of shops and restaurants.
You can even rent geisha attire so there were a handful of tourists roaming around in costume.
Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below.
Kyoto is worth a visit and I would suggest at least 3 days to be able to see as many places as possible. =)
For my previous post-
Tokyo: Marunouchi, Ginza, Asakusa, Shibuya
*some info grabbed from www.japan-guide.com