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.
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
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.
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!
A silver pavilion surrounded by ponds and bamboo groves
Discover, and buy all the ingredients of Japanese, and specifically Kyoto cuisine.
Always a-buzz with religious activity, this is a popular spot in Kyoto. The area contains a collection of spacious courtyards and buildings.
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!
You can find a full guide to Arashiyama here!
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...
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