Kyoto is a very special city to visit. It’s so rich in history and culture and it’s almost difficult to not come across a temple or shrine. There are both shinto and buddhist structures, the most famous that you might know is the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Fushimi Inari Taisha, famous for its hundreds of red tori gates. Kyoto is an excellent place to stay not only for its various attractions but also for it’s proximity to other beautiful cities such as Osaka and Nara.
One of the most beautiful places to walk through is Higashiyama and around the temple back streets that stretch from Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizudera. Along the way you’ll see inviting shops selling Kyoto crafts and sweets, and vendors selling dried fruit and even bbq crab meat sticks.
Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion) which is famous for its gold leaf exterior is the biggest tourist spot in Kyoto. Ginkakuji (the Silver Pavilion) which is not as famous (no this one is not covered in silver) as Kinkakuji is still worth a visit, it has stunning gardens that are meticulously maintained. Fushimi Inari Taisha is a great walk, it takes you through hundreds if not thousands of red tori gates up a mountain. About half way up is an amazing photo opportunity. The gates vary in size depending on the donation amount and further up the walk there are small shrine areas. There are small shops and food stops where you can get a local udon specialty, Kitsune Udon, which is sweeter than regular udon and comes with a big piece of fried tofu.
To get to Kiyomizudera you have to walk up a lot of steps but it has spectacular views. As you walk through the temple and down through the trails you’ll see the huge structure is held up on the mountain face on wooden beams. Nishiki Market which runs through many streets has an array of fresh seafood, pickles and green tea goods, things Kyoto is famous for.
If you find yourself in Kyoto, get lost in the temples and take in this stunning city.