Day 11 to Day 15 Oct 19 to 23rd 2012 Kyoto – Japan
Kyoto (京都市 Kyōto-shi?, “Capital City”) (Japanese pronunciation: [kʲoːto] ( listen)) is a city in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the imperial capital of Japan, it is now the capital of Kyoto Prefecture, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Ranked as the 11th of the world’s most livable cities in the magazine Monocle in 2012, Kyoto was praised for its history and compact city solutions such as its own subway system
Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.ß The city is very amazing. I arrive in early morning to the station. The train station in kyoto is truely amazing looking. It is part of a big mall and made up of all of glass. I goto tourist information center to a get a map. The Guy there gives me wrong directions to my accommodations and I end up going out wrong exit of station. I am supposed to see the tower in view but I walk around and see nothing. Eventually I find the tower and head in the wrong direction again for 15 minutes. I had the map upside down. I finally find the accommodations a capsule hotel near one of the main temples.
After checking in. I then proceed to go explore the area.I am here 4 nights so in this blog I am going to write a summary of all 4 days. So first all I visit the Kyoto tower and get a birds eye view of the city.
I make some plans from the views I get.So during my times in Kyoto one of the main attractions I visited the Imperial palace which was the original one in japan before. Quite an amazing place to see and visit. So other amazing attractions I visited were Kamigmao Shring, Nijo castle, Nishi Hongan, Daigo, Shimogma Shrine
To-ji. Also I do the hike up the mountain that is made up a trail of shrines, quite neat, Here I get lost when coming down mountain and go up wrong trail. I end up in another village on other side of the mountain.
So in total Kyoto contains roughly 2,000 temples and shrines. I was very busy for the 4 days here trying to visit all of them. So for the 4 days here I would every day eat lunch and dinner at the restaurants in the kyoto mall near the train station. Trying various dishes from even doing italian and chinese once as well. Being the final stop in japan I have tried all types of japanese cuisine. So I make it one of the memorable stops.
Kyoto is a good city if your into history and temples. For parts about doing a city experience like nightlife kyoto is a little weak in that area. Not saying it doesn’t have anything to offer, but it is not the main area of japan for that aspect to my opinion. It’s been said that you must dig to find the historical side of Kyoto, with its layers of the past nestled here and there among bustling city streets and tall modern buildings. But for me, it felt like the other way around. There are several thousand temples, hundreds of Shinto shrines, pagodas, Zen gardens, and numerous historical districts to be explored.
For Kyoto it is possible to get templed out to which is true. Some say only do Kyoto as a day trip from another city. Well if you only do kyoto as a day trip you miss out on a lot to which the city has to offer. There is so many neat things to see and do in Kyoto.
Highly recommended.So after my last day, I am going to travel to South Korea the day after my final day here.
Stay tuned for that time.