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2 days in Kyoto

Kyoto Travel Blog

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gorgeous pagoda about 20min walk southwest of the station
After the superfast bullet train ride from Tokyo (passing the awesome Mount Fuji in the process) first impressions aren't that great when you arrive in Kyoto. You get out a busy train terminal to be confronted by a bus terminal directly in front of you and then streets upon streets of ugly grey buildings and general urban sprawl. Only taking a little wander a bit further away and looking back do you notice how actually awesome the station is itself - an uber modern sci-fi like structure with tons of shops, bars and restaurants all through it.

We stayed right by the station in a peaceful little ryokan that was like a tranquil oasis tucked behind two more boring, ugly grey streets.
woundn't be one of my photo blogs without a gratuitous arty shot
Kyoto is certainly not all about the central station area but this area is a great place to stay as the Ryokan(s) make you feel like you're in a different world anyway and the access routes to the rest of the city all start here.

But, if you get out and go visit some other areas on the 'relatively' easy to use bus system then you're rewarded with all manner of sights, sounds and experiences. Over our two-and-a-bit days in Kyoto we basically did the lonely planet suggested itinerary of a Day in Higishiyama to the east, a day in Arashiyama to the west and a couple of nights in the downtown shopping strip and night life area of Gion. It was a good choice and we had an absolutely fantastic time visiting temples and shrines and walking down old-world beautiful streets Geisha spotting and marvelling at the mix of the ultra-modern, the downright ugly and the unbelievably breath-taking.

The pictures say more than I could writing any more but suffice to say that Kyoto is everything you might imagine Japan to be in one city. We've come in February - end of Winter and have already committed to coming back in Spring or Autumn time in the future when the sights would be even more colourful with the changing mountain landscape throughout the year
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gorgeous pagoda about 20min walk s…
gorgeous pagoda about 20min walk …
woundnt be one of my photo blogs …
woundn't be one of my photo blogs…
the awesome mount fuji taken from …
the awesome mount fuji taken from…
lou inside our ryokan - basicall…
lou 'inside' our ryokan - basical…
the monolithic kyoto station
the monolithic kyoto station
lou feeling a bit chilly in the sh…
lou feeling a bit chilly in the s…
lanterns!
lanterns!
these kids where on a school visit…
these kids where on a school visi…
imagine this place covered in blos…
imagine this place covered in blo…
happy monks
happy monks
Geisha spotting
Geisha spotting
the politically sensitive shrine c…
the politically sensitive shrine …
beautiful shrine
beautiful shrine
zen gardens are all about raked gr…
zen gardens are all about raked g…
this painting shows why we have vo…
this painting shows why we have v…
this garden has been tended for ov…
this garden has been tended for o…
how you picture rural japan, yet s…
how you picture rural japan, yet …
beautiful bamboo forest
beautiful bamboo forest
lou eating traditional japanese lu…
lou eating traditional japanese l…
the blossom was just starting to c…
the blossom was just starting to …
the lonely planet said this street…
the lonely planet said this stree…
manga everywhere!
manga everywhere!
thought this was funny
thought this was funny
imagine the hill in the background…
imagine the hill in the backgroun…
the blossom is amazing
the blossom is amazing
beautifully preserved temple
beautifully preserved temple
bamboo forest
bamboo forest
lovely tea house
lovely tea house
artsy pic from a bamboo tree in a …
artsy pic from a bamboo tree in a…
popcorn blossom
popcorn blossom
spring starting to happen
spring starting to happen
gorgeous
gorgeous
main city temple at night from (ov…
main city temple at night from (o…
slot machines all over the city
slot machines all over the city
so many old world streets with lit…
so many old world streets with li…
remember memoirs of a geisha?
remember memoirs of a geisha?
these people where all throwing ca…
these people where all throwing c…
girls would dress up as a geisha f…
girls would dress up as a geisha …
just someones garden in the middle…
just someones garden in the middl…
a demon!
a demon!
japs love gates!
japs love gates!
Kyoto
photo by: ys484