When entering Kyoto from the train station you will wonder why it was called a traditional city when there are modern buildings everywhere, however, exploring the city some more will show you why it’s considered one of the most beautiful ancient towns in the world.
Stroll along the narrow paths of the city and you can find traditional houses that go way back to old Japan.
Go around Gion where you can find the Geiko or Geisha district. The geisha are the remnants of old Japan. They are as beautiful as they are important in keeping tradition.
Be respectful when taking pictures of these elusive people.
After spotting a geisha or two, proceed to Kinkakuji, the golden temple. You will surely find zen and peace in this picturesque destination. All around you can smell the scent of incense as you see fellow tourists pass by.
After dropping by Kinkakuji, strol around the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the former resting place of Japan’s royal family.
After that, treat yourself to a beautiful overlooking scenery in Kiyomizu-dera. A site that you will often see in postcards.
Take a walk in the peaceful pathway of the Arashiyama bamboo forest, as you watch the bamboo leaves slowly fall to the ground. You will find yourself feeling like a subject in a haiku as you stroll along this place.
You should never miss out visiting Fushimi Inari-Taisha too where you can thousands of shrine gates lined up like staples.
Kyoto is indeed a beautiful site to behold. Learning your way around this city takes a lot of practice. It is just like learning a skill like autocad. It takes a lot of experience.