I spent three and half days in Kyoto during my August trip to Japan. It’s a lovely place and I stayed at a lovely guest house, which I can recommend to everyone. It’s called Jiyuujin (時遊人) and it was set up last year so everything is new and working. It’s a family-run guesthouse and the receptionist, who is the daughter of the owner, is a very nice, caring girl. When I go to Kyoto again, this is likely to be my first choice accommodation.
Alright, what shall I tell you about Kyoto? There are a lot of old, traditional houses scattered all over the place. A mixture of the modern and the traditional. It’s possible to make a walk-tour around Kyoto (from Kyoto Station to the northernmost part of Kyoto and back) in one day. I was able to do it so if you’re not as slow as a snail or if you don’t need to have a lunch at a restaurant. However, if you’re sensitive to heat, you might be better off avoiding Kyoto in summer months. It’s extremely sultry there. 35 degrees Celsius in Kyoto feels much hotter and less bearable than 35 degrees in Nagoya or Tokyo, for example.
Almost every second person passed by me on a bicycle. Well, I’m exaggerating, of course, but it’s not a lie when I say that there is a very large number of bicycle users there. I come from a city where hardly anyone uses bicycle as a means of transport, so people from other places in the world might not find it that unusual. But still, even if I compare it to other cities I’ve been to in Japan, Kyoto is definitely on the top of bicycle usage.
This is Shimogamo shrine.
This is the famous stage of Kiyomizu-dera (Kiyomizu Temple).
The Philosopher’s path.
Ginkaku-ji. Also known as the Silver Pavilion.
Torii path at Fushimi Inari Taisha
This shot appeared in ARIA. I don’t remember in which season, though.
Last but not least, the HQ of Kyoto Animation
I hope you liked the photos and I also hope that I will be able to post the very interesting rest of pics from Kyoto soon.