Kyoto Photo Diary

The cultural hub of Kyoto is officially my last stop and in five nights time, I shall be on my way back home. What an adventure it has been…

After only having a few hours sleep I caught the bullet train to Kyoto from Tokyo which took just over 2 hours.
Kyoto Tower is supposedly one of the most popular places to eat. With pop-up stalls selling a mixture of Asian and Western cuisines, so that was my first port-of-call when I arrived in the afternoon.
I spent my first-day visiting Kinkaku-Ji and Arashiyama with the intention of going to the Bamboo Forest, however, because of the torrential rain, I had to give it a miss. I was warned about it being rainy season in Japan whilst I was there, and although I brought a rain jacket I never expected it to be as heavy. I broke my camera which I was gutted about but it could have been worse and at least it worked for the majority of my trip.
I then visited Fushimi Inari-Taisha and Nijō Castle on my second day, which are two of Kyoto’s main attraction. The Fushimi Inari-Taisha was packed with tourists so if you’re planning on visiting, make sure you arrive early doors.
I still had a lot left to see on my third day in Kyoto so I woke up at 6 am and headed straight to Kiyomizu-Dera. I then went to the Bamboo Forest at Arashiyama. Although I visited Arashiyama a couple of days before, because of the torrential rain, I never managed to see the Bamboo Forest, and going back was well worth the hour journey. I then caught the train to Nara where I went to visit Tōdai-Ji and the Giant Buddha statue. I also walked through Nara park which is full of wild deer, so I spent the majority of the afternoon feeding them. Very productive I know…
I did plan on visiting Osaka whilst I was in Kyoto, however, I just simply never got the time which was unfortunate.
Kyoto was another great experience and a fantastic way to end my travels around East Asia.
Although I enjoyed every destination I visited, Japan was my favourite stop and I’m gutted to be heading home, but all good things have to come to an end at some point…
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Thomas Mackie