Kyoto

Kyoto

“Even in Kyoto
Hearing the cuckoo’s cry
I long for Kyoto.”

A haiku poem by Matsuo Bashō somewhat captured my feelings of Kyoto. It’s an extremely lovely and nostalgic city with many interesting sites and places. The people seemed to be more reserved than in Tokyo, but the environments were stunning. There are also many historical parts in this city, from the famous geisha district of Gion to the ancient lane of Higashiyama that leads to the Kiyomizudera Temple. It’s just a pleasure to stroll around there and take in the atmosphere.

There is a lot to see in Kyoto, especially temples and shrines, but you have to be careful not to visit too many too fast. You could, as we did, at one point suffer from temple fatigue. Meaning, we just saw too many temples and somewhat burned out on them. It’s a good idea to balance out your trip with a variety of temples and places such as the wonderful Nishiki Market, the cool bamboo groves at Arashiyama, or perhaps a visit to an outdoor onsen in Kameoka. Mix it up a little bit.

And when visiting Japan, I think going to an onsen (an indoor or outdoor hotspring bath) is a must. It’s such a unique, special, and relaxing experience. We went to an onsen named Sumiya near Kyoto, in the small town of Kameoka. It was a great experience and highly recommended.

Last but not least, do not forget to eat the yummy burnt ramen at a restaurant named Gogyo before you go. They serve some of the best ramen in Japan and it is worth standing in line for.

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The Classic Ippudo Ramen In Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 23, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

After having worked up quite an appetite from walking around and discovering the Fushimi Inari Shrine, and packing our bags, we decided to try more »

Fushimi Inari Shrine: Torii Gates And Foxes

Michael Sy A Foek | June 23, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

After visiting the amazingly interesting Nishiki Market in Kyoto, we hopped on a train to take a look at the hundreds of torii gates located more »

Wandering The Fascinating Nishiki Market In Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 23, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

One of the most exciting activities you can do while traveling in foreign countries is to visit a local market. It not only provides all more »

Find Tranquility At The Tenryuji Temple In Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 22, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

Situated near the famous bamboo grove and the Togetsukyo Bridge, the Tenryuji Temple is one of the main attractions of the Arashiyama district in Kyoto. more »

Mountainous Arashiyama: Stunning Surroundings in Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 22, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

After visiting the Sumiya Kiho-an onsen we felt super relaxed and refreshed and then we decided to check out the Arashiyama area, which was quite more »

The Sumiya Kiho-An Onsen In Kameoka, Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 22, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

We decided to go to an hot water spring bath, an onsen, called Sumiya, which I found online. This onsen is also a Japanese ryokan, more »

Pontocho: A Narrow Restaurant Lane In Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 21, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

Pontocho is a popular dining area in Kyoto. It is basically one long and narrow alley that runs parallel along the Kamogawa River. The street more »

The Elevated Kiyomizu-dera: A Scenic Temple In Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 21, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

Walking through Higashiyama eventually led us to the impressive and popular Kiyomizu-dera Temple. This is one of the most well known temples of Kyoto and more »

The Grand Kodaiji Temple: Zen Refinement In Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 20, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

While walking around the Higashiyama district you will eventually encounter signs that point towards the Kodaiji Temple on top of a hill. We were curious more »

The Charming Historical Higashiyama District In Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 20, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

The whole Higashiyama district is amazing, and one of the best parts of Kyoto and perhaps even Japan, although I still need to see more of more »

The Pretty Maruyama Park In Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 20, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

Maruyama Park is a small public park adjacent to the popular Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto. We walked around this park after visiting the Yasaka Shrine more »

The Yasaka Shrine: A Famous Shinto Temple In Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 19, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

The Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto is located right next to the Gion district and is therefore sometimes also known as the Gion Shrine. It is more »

Traditional Kyoto And The Lively Gion District

Michael Sy A Foek | June 19, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

I fell in love with Kyoto and the Gion district. This ancient city is so beautiful and amazingly rich with history, culture, and atmosphere. When more »

The Best Noodles: Gogyo Burnt Ramen In Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 18, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto

On recommendation of a friend who had travelled to Japan a few weeks before me, we decided to look for this place that served burnt more »

Riding The Nozomi Shinkansen From Tokyo To Kyoto

Michael Sy A Foek | June 18, 2015 | Japan, Kyoto, Tokyo

Japanese bullet trains are called Shinkansen and they are among the fastest trains in the world, reaching speeds of over 300 km per hour. These more »