8 Things you Can Not Miss in Kyoto

Kinkaku-Ji

 One of the top things you can not miss in Kyoto is Kinkaku-Ji

So called the world's most impressive religious monument. A golden pavilion that towers over a reflecting pool is a sight well worth the trip.

Gion

 One of the top things you can not miss in Kyoto is Gion

This is Kyoto's famous entertainment quarter. Walk around during the evening when the lights around the teahouse and restaurants begin to turn on. 

Spot a Geisha

 One of the top things you can not miss in Kyoto is seeing a Geisha

While it is very awesome to see a real-life Geisha in person, do not crowd them or take photos of them without their permission. Don't forget they are still people. 

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

 One of the top things you can not miss in Kyoto is Fushimi Inari

A short JR train ride away (another reason to have the JR Rail Pass!) is this gorgeous, endless, passageway of torii (shrine gates). Do be aware that the hike is up a mountain, wear appropriate clothing!

Ginkaku-Ji

 One of the top things you can not miss in Kyoto is Ginkaku-Ji

A silver pavilion surrounded by ponds and bamboo groves

Nishiki Market

 One of the top things you can not miss in Kyoto is Nishiki Market

Discover, and buy all the ingredients of Japanese, and specifically Kyoto cuisine.

Chion-in

 One of the top things you can not miss in Kyoto is Chion-in

Always a-buzz with religious activity, this is a popular spot in Kyoto. The area contains a collection of spacious courtyards and buildings. 

Arashiyama

 One of the top things you can not miss in Kyoto is Arashiyama City
 One of the top things you can not miss in Kyoto is Arashiyama City

Another short ride away on the JR Train (in the opposite direction of Fushimi) is a small town with a lot to see. Definitely don't miss the main shopping street, monkey park, and the bamboo groves!

One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...

A super common question I get is: what camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D3300 and this is the wide angle lens I use and love - I am seriously obsessed with it. 

My full guide that includes all the camera gear I take on every trip is here.

 

And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette@gmail.com). 

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