In this video we explore our pick as the most scenic city in Japan…. Kyoto! You can go temple-hopping, take in the scenery, and visit the monkeys. We were lucky to have caught the cherry blossoms in full swing in Kyoto. Join us as we experience Kyoto for all its wonder.
››› Keage Incline
››› Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
››› Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
››› Kimono Forest of Arashiyama
››› Iwatayama Monkey Park
››› To get those insta-worthy photos make sure to get to these attractions at around 7-8am. Much more enjoyable and calming without crowds of people.
››› Cherry Blossom is peak season, so make sure to book accommodation ahead of time!
››› Cherry Blossom season differs each year by region, so check the forecast before booking your ticket. We were in Kyoto beginning of April.
››› We commonly get asked the question, how many days should I spend in Kyoto? Well this depends on the amount of time that you will be in Japan and your itinerary. We feel like 4-5 days in Kyoto was enough for us to see the major attractions.
››› Should I spend more time in Kyoto or Osaka? This depends on what interests you. If you like site seeing, indulging in culture and a more relaxed atmosphere – Kyoto is for you! If you are like us and are into delicious food, upbeat city vibe then Osaka is for you! Both cities has a different charm. I would recommend spending a few days in each. Osaka is the food capital of Japan and Kyoto is the most scenic city in Japan!
››› Check to see if there are any Japanese festivals happening around the time you are visiting.
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SIDE TRIPS TO FROM KYOTO
››› Osaka, you could do a side trip to Osaka but instead I would recommend staying there for a few days
››› Nara, go visit the bowing deers!
››› Mount Koya – the center of Shingon Buddhism and also home to the largest cemetery in Japan. It takes about 5 hours to get here from Kyoto so make sure to start your day EARLY (4am). Alternatively, you stay in Mount Koya for a couple days. But we felt like a side trip to Mount Koya was enough for us.
MORE THINGS TO DO IN KYOTO
THINGS TO DO IN CENTRAL KYOTO
››› Nishiki Market
››› Nijo Castle
››› Kyoto Railway Museum
››› Sento Palace
THINGS TO DO IN EASTERN KYOTO
›› Kiyomizudera Temple
››› Ginakkuji Temple
››› Higashiyama Historic District
››› Nanzenji Temple
THINGS TO DO IN SOUTHERN KYOTO
››› Fushimi Inari Shrine
››› Tofukuji Temple
››› Daigoji Temple
THINGS TO DO IN NORTHERN KYOTO
››› Kinkakuji/Golden Pavillion
››› Shagakuin Villa Temple
››› Ninnaji Temple
THINGS TO DO IN WESTERN KYOTO
››› Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
››› Arashiyama Monkey Park
››› Kokedera Temple
››› Katsura Villa Temple
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