Our main stay was in Shinjuku, but we ventured out to Kyoto for three days. While in Kyoto we visited three temples, a bamboo forest, tried cherry blossom ice cream, sang karaoke, ate tons of food and traveled to Osaka for an afternoon. Our mini getaway was jam packed as we train/bus hopped our way around. So happy we decided to visit Kyoto to appreciate some history and a slower paced city.
Here are some places that we visited:
Byodo-in Temple, Kyoto / (the 6th photo) You can also find this fella on the back of the 10 yen coin.
Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto / (first and second to last photo) On the way up to this temple there were several food and trinket vendors. Had the pleasure of trying cherry blossom ice cream on our trek up. So delicious!
Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto / (the golden temple) This temple was mesmerizing. The day was perfect and the sun hit the temple beautifully. It was hard to not get a good photo.
Osaka Castle / The second photo is the view once you get to the top. Totally worth the many, MANY, flights of stairs. 😉 And the 8th picture is of us (with my friend Yuri) in front of the castle. Naturally striking princess poses!
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto / The walk to this bamboo forest is reason enough to visit.
Shinsaibashi shopping strip, Osaka / Seriously the longest shopping strip I’ve ever walked down. It offered everything from clothing to food to arcade games. Such a neat experience with tons of people.
You’re probably thinking, “Wow! You did all of that (and more!) in three days?” We sure did! We were always moving, always exploring. There’s just too much in this country to appreciate. Miss it already.