Kyoto was a perfect introduction to Japan before going to Tokyo. Kyoto allowed us to see more of the history and cultural aspects of Japan
The Nishiki Market is a well known market full of vendors, shops, restaurants, and PLENTY of street food. Nishiki is not the only market in Kyoto, although it is one of the most popular. This is a nice place to walk through on the weekends and admire all the bizarre street food and traditional Japanese souvenirs.
There are many streets that branch off into smaller streets leading to small temples where can enter, pray and admire the rich culture. Most of these temples are free to the public and can be found throughout the city.
Yasaka is a famous shrine known for it’s brightly painted buildings. Visitors can comfortwalk freely through the park and find various waterfalls, shrines, temples, etc. You can easily spend the whole day here and keep discovering new things.
Visit Gion and capture the feeling of traditional Japan. Here you will find many locals and tourists dressed up as geishas walking the streets of Kyoto and admiring the many historical sights, teahouses, gardens, and temples.
Take a stroll alongside the Kamo River for a picturesque view or have a nice lunch overlooking the river
The Fushimi Inari shrine was without a doubt my favorite shrine in all of Japan. This Shinto shrine is made up of several torii gates and has many mountain trails. Visitors are free to walk about the shrine, pray, or simply take photos.
Arashiyama is known for its lush bamboo forest. Visitors can walk through and take photos you may even come across a few temples along the way! Arashiyama also has busy streets full of restaurants, shops, and vendors. This would be a good place to spend a night to comfortably see all the attractions the city has to offer
After a walk through the bamboo forest you can take a small hike of about 20 minutes to reach the top of a monkey park. You will be rewarded with an incredible view of the city and several adorable little monkeys
If you are looking for a less physically demanding activity, you can take a canoe ride and admire the surrounding nature.