Kyoto once flourished as the capital of Japan for over a thousand years until Tokyo became the capital and the emperor moved there in 1868.
There are plenty of places worth visiting such as Arashiyama, which used to be the aristocrats’ summer resort,
magnificent temples with delicate gardens, the alleys where geisha girls in kimono stroll,
and the celebrated shrine with a tunnel of a thousand vermillion torii gates.
We will show you the sights that represent Kyoto for a whole day.
What to Expect
★Arashiyama Bamboo Grove (Nature)
In the fresh air in the early morning, we walk through the renowned bamboo forest before the site gets busy.
The beauty of the bamboo grove in the morning sun is exceptional. Let’s stop and close our eyes.
The sound of the trunks and leaves touching each other in the morning breeze are very unique and have a calming and relaxing effect.
★ Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion)
This famous temple is an icon of Samurai culture.
It once was the villa of a retired shogun and was transformed into a temple after his death.
The beauty of the main building covered with gold leaf in itself is is next to none.
In addition to that, the harmony with the pond and garden makes the scenery magnificent.
When you come to Kyoto, you can’t miss this site.
★Ryoan-ji temple (Zen)
This temple is rather small for a temple in Kyoto, but its stone garden is well known as a representing Zen garden.
Sitting on the veranda and gazing at the rocks and sand can lead you into a deep meditation just
like the people in former times might have experienced.
This site is known for geisha and if you are lucky enough, you may encounter them or their apprentices the maiko going about their business.
Their high wooden clogs make a special sound on the streets.
★Fushimi Inari (Shrine)
The beautiful tunnel of a thousand vermillion torii gates is very famous and picturesque.
These torii gates are donated by worshippers in appreciation for the good luck received by the deity enshrined here.
Why don’t you too give a prayer here and change your luck?
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