By far Kyoto has been one of our favorite vacations we have been on! Despite the heat and having to carry a 15lb baby on our backs everywhere we went, it was all so worth it! I can’t wait to go back again. Maybe next time I
‘ll go when it’s winter time! The pictures I have seen of these places in the winter are incredible.
These are my top 4 places that you must see if you go to Kyoto.
1. Fushimi Inari-taisha
The shrine of Inari (the god of rice), was built in 711. All of the Torri gates were donated by Japanese businesses to worship Inari. This place was just so insane to look at. There were so many shrines along this walk. Approximately 3,200 and it takes about 2-3 hours to hike, but you could turn around and go back when ever you’d like so it doesn’t have to take that long.
You could really feel the amount of history that was around you. It just felt so surreal to be there! I loved how one side of the gate is blank and the other has the kanji. It took us a while to notice until we went to look back at each other.
2. Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Built in 1633…how is this still standing? Kiyomizu-dera Temple has many Important Cultural Properties, including buildings and Buddhist images. Along the ravine below the main hall are cherry and maple trees.
Incense is used in a lot of religions, its is a method of purifying the surroundings, bringing forth an assembly of buddhas, bodhisattvas and gods.
Otowa-no-taki Waterfall was a fun find below the temple! There are 3 streams to drink from and each has a meaning, health, longevity, and success! But you can only drink from one or you’re viewed as greedy. lol
The water was really really cold and tasted so good! It was a nice and much needed refreshment. I am telling guys. It was so hot and we were constantly drenched in sweat.
Kinkaku-ji is one of Kyoto’s leading Buddhist temples. It was built at the end of the 14th century. My favorite thing about this was the reflection on the pond. There isn’t much else around this temple to look at, but I promise the temple alone is worth going for!
4. Feed the Monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park
This one is a good hike up the side of Itawa Mountain, but its a beautiful walk through the woods and there are a lot of resting stops for out of shape people like me! The Japanese macaques are seen and heard all along the way up to the top.
You can buy some, “monkey food” for I think 100 yen (I believe they were just apple slices), and feed the monkeys! This monkey only had one eye! lol
Don’t forget to engage with the local people. They were all so kind and they also loved Isaac! 😂
There you go guys! Those were my absolute favorite things I did in Kyoto! If you have ever gone I would really love to hear what your favorite things were that you did.