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Once in Japan you should visit the imperial city Kyoto.
In this blog article we tell you 7 things you have to do when you visit Kyoto.
You have several options to get to Kyoto.
Getting to Kyoto by plane: The closest airport is the Osaka International Airport. You reach it after 1 hour bus drive. This airport just takes domestic flights. Most international travelers arrive at Kansai Airport, which is also located in Osaka.
Getting to Kyoto from Tokyo via Shinkansen Express: The regular one way fare from Tokyo to Kyoto is 13,080 yen by non-reserved seat on any train, around 13,500 yen by reserved seat.
How we get to Kyoto: As we had a stopover in Fujiyoshida for the Mount Fuji, we had to choose another way of traveling. There is one night bus driving from Fujiyoshida to Kyoto, but as all tickets were sold out we had to plan a different route. We took the bus to Shizuoka and took there the Shinkansen express to Kyoto.
Pontacho Alley is a street where you can find a lot of traditional Japanese food. The Street is really pretty and if you are lucky you will see some Geishas and Makis.
One of the top 5 of the must dos (first google search).
It is a really nice and photogenic place. To get a good shot you have to arrive early. The Ride from Kyoto City will take you about 30 minutes. If you are in Kyoto during Cherry Blossom season you should not miss our blogpost about the most insane cherry blossom spots in Kyoto.
Located in the city. It’s a good spot if it’s raining or for the evening. This place is perfect for shopping and get some food.
A must do, but make sure to be early! It is getting crowed around 9am a 10 am. That is a recommendation for everyone, not only for the photographers 😅
Gion is located on the other side of the River. Just walk through those streets and test some of the Japanese sweets. It’s amazing for sunset.
If you come there in the evening you can „hunt“ Geishas and Makis. That sounds weird, I know. But those traditional dancers look so beautiful that you have to hunt them with your camera 😅
The golden temple. It looks amazing, but we were a bit disappointed as it was very very touristic.
Kyomizudera (Bell Tower)
We passed this beautiful temple. Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally “Pure Water Temple”) is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 and was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.
Don’t miss this! Nara is known for their deers!
We ride from Osaka to Nara and it took us one hour. From Kyoto it is almost the same. When you arrive Nara Station it won’t take you a long time until you see the first ones. Go all the way up until you reach a big park. There are hundreds of them!
You will feel like in a Disney movie!
We were located in Salin. In Salin itself there is nothing special but you are quite in the middle of everything so you can reach everything with the train or bus. If you want to get everywhere even faster you should stay close to Kyoto station.
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