I went to Japan a couple of weeks ago. We made our first stop in Kyoto. Which turned out to be a lovely city. A perfect mix between traditional Japan, modern life and green oases.
My biggest concern with going to Japan was the crowdedness. I had this stereotypical image of overpopulated, metropolitan-like cities and medieval settlements on the countryside. In my mind, cities like Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo were ginormous, concrete beehives filled with business people.
I’m glad to say that Kyoto quickly discarded that image of Japanese cities for me. Sure, there are parts of town where most of the ‘business’ happens. And there are some crowded shopping streets. But take the time to get lost in Kyoto, and you’ll quickly discover that it is quite a calm city.
The city has so much to offer! Lovely boutiques in the commercial center. Gorgeous temples and shrines. Beautiful nature and impressive buildings. Truly a perfect mix of old and new!
My favorite things to do in Kyoto
- Taking the scenic walk up to the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine
- Strolling on the philosopher path
- Lounging on the banks of the Kamo-gawa river
- Skipping the public transport and walking everywhere
- Walking through the Gion district at night
- Spending all your change in the arcades/pachinko parlors