[Editorial]: My First Trip To Japan! (Kyoto Edition)

Kyoto was the third and final main destination of my trip and was probably my favorite part of the holiday. It didn’t seem as crowded and there was a lot more greenery to be seen. We were shown around by the daughter of one of the surgeons at the hospital I stayed at, which meant we got to see a lot of the best places during our short visit.

First up is Kyoto Station and the nearby Higashi Honganji. After visiting the temple we hired some bikes and spent the first day weaving between the crowds on the busy streets which was fantastic fun (and nobody yells at you because everyone does it!). We also visited the Manga Museum which was filled to the brim with issues dating back to the 1960s and people dedicating their day to reading, though unfortunately photos were not allowed.

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After the Manga Museum we headed towards the Imperial Palace, though unfortunately we were not allowed to enter. At this point some types of Sakura were starting to blossom, so Japan was starting to look quite pretty.

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Somehow we managed to accidentally book a love hotel (keep in mind I was traveling with another male student, so it looked pretty dodgy), though the website said nothing about it being one when we booked. At least it looked nice.

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Just kidding. We were in the crappy place next door. At least there was a TV over the bath! Though every second channel was porn, which was awkward…and everything smelled of smoke…and who even knows what had happened on the bed/couch before we stayed there (who am I kidding? I think we all know what that room had been used for)…

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The first place we visited with our guides the next day was the highlight of my trip: Fushimi Inari Taisha. It’s the shrine featured in Inari Konkon Koi Iroha and all of the gates have been purchased by individuals or companies and it took about 20 minutes of continuous walking to make it through to the end. Price guide is at the bottom.

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Next up is Kiyomizudera, a large and famous temple, and its surroundings. The town around it was filled with interesting shops and is where I bought most of the souvenirs for my family and friends (that weren’t into anime).

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These were for good luck in love, and were 1,000 Yen each (about 9 USD or 13 NZD). Temples are a real goldmine.

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Next up is Arashiyama’s bamboo forest and views from the associated mountain and surroundings. There were meant to be monkeys around but we didn’t see any.

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Finally, enjoy seeing some mochi being made!

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This was at a specialty mochi restaurant inside a shopping district in Kyoto. Unfortunately I was too distracted trying to follow my guides to take a picture of anything else there.

And that’s it for Kyoto! Next time…it’s the Food and Merchandise special!

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I'm a Gamer that dabbles in a little bit of everything. I'm big on Video Games, Visual Novels, Anime, Books and TV Series, but there's more to me than just those!
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7 Responses to [Editorial]: My First Trip To Japan! (Kyoto Edition)

  1. Oh I was only in Kyoto in January, so this brings back so many memories!

    The Fushimi Inari Shrine is beautiful, isn’t it?

    When you were in Arashiyama, did you go to Tenryu-ji Temple?

    • Silvachief says:

      Yeah, i’d been really looking forward to seeing some of the natural scenery Japan had to offer but most of my time was spent stuck in the city so Fushimi Inari Taisha was fantastic.

      I had to google Tenryu-ji, which may answer your questions, but it would seem I passed in front of it while hurrying to catch a train back to Kyoto station. The picture with the heron on the bridge should be pretty close to the temple.

      • Yeah I recognised it as being close to the temple. Next time you should go in, it had the prettiest garden we saw while in Japan! (To be fair, we went in the middle of winter, so it’s not like there was much to compare to, but it was still really awesome).

  2. Kai says:

    Kyoto’s beautiful. Kinda reminds me Hokkaido where the appeal is more on mother nature rather than the busy pitter-patter of Tokyo (but heh, who am I kidding. Not like I’ve actually been to Hokkaido. Anime knowledge ftw)

    • Silvachief says:

      You know you watch too much anime when you give travel advice for places you’ve never been =P

      Yeah, Kyoto was awesome and I plan to seek out more rural spots next time I head to Japan. About a week after I was in Kyoto I watched the OreGairu episode where they visit Kyoto and Arashiyama, so it was awesome to see all the places I had been in animated form.

  3. Karandi says:

    I didn’t get to spend much time in Kyoto when I went to Japan. I really need to get back there and check it out. Your pictures are beautiful.

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