Best things to do in Kyoto Prefecture and sightseeing in Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto - Kyoto Prefecture
Beautiful beyond measure during Sakura, lovely temples and gardens, peaceful, great weather
Serene beauty: Kyoto (3 days… or 3 years) Get back to Honshū and head to Kyoto, the place where you’ll find all the stereotypical images you probably have in mind about Japan: zen gardens reflected in peaceful ponds, infinite rows of red gates, and even — if you’re lucky — the fugitive sight of a geisha gracefully gliding down the street. Geishas are professional artists hurrying on their way to work, by the way, not cultural oddities: please don’t stop them to try and make them pose for a picture. Get lost in the silver-green bamboo plantation, get a taste of ancient Japan in the teahouse district of Gion, risk blindness by contemplating the bright Golden Pavilion, stroll along the canal, explore the nearby mountain villages… and maybe consider sticking around for a few years. “I would happily include Kyoto among the ten cities in the world where it is worth living for a little while”, Nicolas Bouvier wrote in Japanese Chronicles The Travelettes Itinerary for Japan(which you should read by the way, no matter whether you have the intention of visiting Japan or not).
Fushimi Inari Taisha - Kyoto Prefecture
Finally we arrived at Fushimi Inari Shrine ! From the parking area, we need to walk approx. 10 minutes to get to the Shrine. You’ll pass through the houses, crossing the train railway, and also passing some souvenir shop and some food stalls. Like other shrine, Fushimi Inari Shrine has a very warm atmosphere. A lot of tourist go to this place just to see around, or maybe to pray. What makes Fushimi Inari different from the other Shrine is it has 1000 thousand of gate. So you’ll see a lot of gate along the way. It’s very beautiful and a must place to go in Kyoto!
Fushimi Inari. Long-assed hike up the mountain, but a beautiful vista along the way. Lined with the famous Torri statues.
Chishaku-in Temple - Kyoto Prefecture
The Chishaku-In garden is actually rather small and compact, but what there is of it is stunning. Carefully interwoven around some lovely temple buildings and tucked up against one of the many mountains in the area, the gardens consist of small raked-sand zen gardens, ponds, lazy fish, and many flowers artfully scattered inbetween. The temple buildings are mostly open and covered so you can stretch out and relax while watching the little koi swim by.
Izuju sushi - Kyoto Prefecture
Kiyomizu-dera - Kyoto Prefecture
It offers great views of Kyoto from the viewing platform and even though it was touristy the place is so serene and grand it's worth a visit. I don't know if it was because it was my first temple visit in Japan but I was so facinated by the architecture of the temple and what kind of smaller temples there were in the compound and the carvings on the structures and how each building was designed.
Hanamikoji Dori - Kyoto Prefecture
We were really excited to visit Kyoto because it is one of the places where the quaint, traditional, and cultural side of Japan can be experienced. I was all ready to see the temples, walk along the neat little streets crammed with tiny shops with wooden sliding doors. And that's what we did.
Kinkakuji Temple - Kyoto Prefecture
Tenryū-ji Temple - Kyoto Prefecture
Kyotango - Kyoto Prefecture
For our trip, getting some sun and saving MONEY was the objective, so we kept the hotel on the cheap side (and 30 minutes away from the beach). That wasn’t a big deal though since we were able to check out a little history on the way (about the area of Kyotango and how it developed from its own ‘kuni’ into the area it is today). While the small and intimate beaches of Kyotango don’t require much, I would definitely recommend some beach/water shoes. Most of the shore is covered with rocks covered in sea veg, so it can be quite slippery. This also means that there is quite a bit of sea life underfoot, so be careful not to step on anything cute or dangerous.
Kitsuonsen Station - Kyoto Prefecture
While it is possible to take the train to Kyotango, it looks like the closest stations are Amino and Kitsuonsen, and you would still need a bus/taxi to get to the beach. Therefore, I think this is trip best left to the automobilically (wat) mobile. Luckily, renting a car in Japan is almost as easy as ordering pizza online (though both can be exceedingly frustrating at times). Most swimming areas are named and will have parking lots, beach-side food, toilets, showers, and even camping sites, for those into that. There are some beach-side hotels as well, but those are quite expensive. Up side, they usually include an equally expensive but delicious dinner or breakfast.