If Osaka is known as the kitchen of Japan, Kyoto is known for its architecturally amazing temples and shrines. From Osaka, we hopped on the Hankyu Arashiyama Line train that took us directly to Arashiyama, the home of the famous bamboo groves. The travel time will take about an hour. Remember to leave Osaka early in the morning so you can make the most of your day-trip in Kyoto. Again, I just used the Maps app on my iPhone for directions!
Upon arriving at Arashiyama, we raided the convenient store for breakfast! Japanese convenient stores are heavenly!!
Arashiyama has so much more to offer other than the famous bamboo groves. The are a lot of temples and scenery in between quiet rural neighborhoods! You can easily spend a day here!
Fushimi Inari Shrine
This is another spot you don’t want to miss! It’s the shrine known for the thousands of torii gates leading up to the mountain. We heard the street food just outside the shrine was the best! So we decided to have lunch there and we were not disappointed!
Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillon)
There are many absolutely gorgeous spots in Kyoto but the Golden Pavillon is on a different level! I was awestruck upon seeing it! It stopped my world for a few minutes since I could not help but stare at its marvel!
Traveling tip: Don’t immediately snap a place or a moment using your phone, look and appreciate it with your own eyes first so the mental picture in your head is what it really looks like in real life and not how it looks like on your phone. Gets?
These photos don’t even do justice to the beauty of the Golden Pavillon!
This was our last stop for our one day tour in Kyoto! My brother went to buy his kitchen knife from this famous knife maker. We were just really there to check out what we can eat! Sadly, we got there a little late and most of the sushi stores were closing 😦
I would definitely come back in Kyoto to spend a couple of days to see the rest of the prefecture, stay in a Ryokan, hang around Gion district and spot geishas!
Until next time, Kyoto!