Dec 9, 2018 - Dec 10, 2018
2 guests - 1 room
Kyoto has two sides: city and nature. The city part is all right, but the nature side is completely magical. The temples are beautiful. My only regret was not spending more time along the Philosopher's Walk, a beautiful road that leads from one great temple to the next.
We spent about 4 full days in Kyoto on our visit to Japan in November. I'd been expecting to fall in love with it and definitely to love it more than I did Tokyo, and though I did absolutely love my time there, it was much different than I'd imagined. Kyoto was far more touristy (and crowded WITH tourists) than I was expecting - more so than Tokyo, in fact. Where I'd been expecting an older, less industrial looking city, I found those pieces only to exist in small pockets and corners. The public transportation system is not quite as intuitive as Tokyo's, but still easy enough to figure out and get around on. You do wind up relying a bit more on buses in Kyoto than trains (at least, we did). There are some major, must-see sites and temples in the city, as well as access to some key day trips (such as Nara), so I had some definite highlights and great moments here, but given the option, I would likely have opted to take a day off of Kyoto and tack it back onto Takayama in the overall planning of our trip.
A FEW DAYS STAY IN KYOTO BY BULLIT TRAIN IS WORTH ALL MONEY SPEND KYOTO HAS THE BEST TEMPLES SHINES GARDENS RIVERS AND THE ENCHANTING BAMBOO FOREST
I'd have to say that Kyoto is one of the most underrated cities. There is so much to explore here. You've got the feel of old Japan in many of its streets. There are so many restaurants to try and the quaint shops are really nice. So many beautiful places to visit from temples, shrines, gardens to the Gion geisha district where you can learn of the old Japan.