Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city full of rich culture, wonderful architecture, and good food. With countless temples, shrines, and gardens all around, 1 day is definitely not enough to explore the place. We only had a day to tour the place so we sort of followed this 1-day itinerary focusing on the Arashiyama district.
Definitely among the top sights in Kyoto, stepping into this forest is like stepping into a different world. From Kyoto Station we took the JR Sagano Line towards Kamoeka and alighted at the JR Saga-Arashiyama Station. From there we walked less than a kilometer to reach this famed forest.
You know you’ve reached the place when you see the tall bamboos enveloping the area like shielding the sun away. It was a nice refuge from the hustle and bustle of the busy world. Also, we got a pleasant surprise when we saw autumn colors still vivid among the trees. I was actually expecting to see bare trees coz we came in during the start of winter, but lo and behold, there were autumn colors everywhere. One tick off my bucket list.
Tenryu-ji Temple is the headline attraction in Arashiyama, a sprawling Zen temple with one of the finest gardens in Kyoto and wonderful mountain views. It’s a short distance from the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. This temple is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage. Admission: 500 JPY (S$6.5 or Php 205)
After the Tenryu-Ji Temple, we walked back to the train station and beside it is a railway station where you can take the Sagano Romantic Train, and the 19th century hall (SL & Piano Museum) which has a cafe inside and a few displays of old trains and antique pianos.
Just outside the JR Inari Station is the Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for thousands of vermillion torii gates that leads to the sacred Mount Inari. Inari is a famous Shinto god of rice, and the Fushimi Inari Shrine is the most important of the shrines dedicated to Inari.
After Inari Shrine, it started to get dark so we researched on places where we can go at night. Yasaka Shrine, also known as Gion Shrine, is apparently one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. It was one of the few that is still open after 4pm as it is photogenic at night. It is about 10 minutes walk away from Gion-Shijo Station of the Keihan Line.
A short distance from Yasaka Shrine is the Pontocho, which is an ancient alleyway packed with bars, hostess clubs, restaurants, karaoke and Geisha tea houses.
After the Pontocho we walked back to the Sanjo station of the Keihan Line and went back to the Kyoto Station.
Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Station
Kyoto night view can be enjoyed on the roof top of the station. Kyoto Station is famous for lovers and the roof top view is a sight to behold. It was a wonderful end to our day.
That’s it for Kyoto.
Til next time. Toodles!
*Photos were taken using iPhone 6s, Canon Powershot,Nikon d3000 and Xiaomi Yi action camera.