Japan-Kyoto-Most loved city!!!

Kyoto is one of the most loved city of Japan, it was once the capital city. City is famous for its classical Buddhist temples and many shrines. Where Tokyo as regarded as ultra modern, Kyoto is seen as city of traditions and culture. It is rightly said as the holy city of Japan.

I am preferably a solo traveler. I went on a solo trip to Japan covering Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. I traveled in the month of November, which is an autumn season in Japan. The season is famous for its colourful autumn leaves, and its perfect time to watch its  vibrant colours with shades of orange, red, yellow and brown and November is also onset of winter, the weather is very pleasant. But days get shorter, generally sunset is around 5pm, so you need to plan your days accordingly.

Kyoto is 456 km from Tokyo. The best way to travel is through Shinkanesen, and with Japan Rail Pass its all very convenient. Bullet trains was my dreams. I was staying in Tokyo, like an enthusiast child I woke up early morning and boarded the very first Shinkansen at 5:55 am from Tokyo Station to Kyoto, within 2 hours 30 minutes I was at the Kyoto Station.

During my travel to the city I visited few of its amazingly beautiful places.


Nijo Castle

For my first day in Kyoto, I visited the Nijo castle. The castle can be reached from Kyoto Station by Kyoto City Bus number 9, 50 or 101.

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Beautiful Ninomaru Garden

It’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. It shows the power warlords, once held over the emperor during the Edo period (1603-1867). It is one of the best-known castles in Japan.

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Fall in love with the beautiful castle

Castle is divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circle of defense), the Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense) and gardens.

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Beautiful colours of autumn

Kinkaku-ji Temple

It is also called as “Temple of the Golden Pavilion” was my next stop. Board the city bus number 12 or 101 you’ll reach Kinkaku-ji in 20 minutes.

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Beautiful Golden Pavilion

It is also UNESCO world heritage site. It was built in 1397 as a retirement home for Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the shogun of Japan. Per his wishes, it was donated to Zen Buddhist monks after his death.

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Picture perfect autumn leaves

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

It is one of the most celebrated Buddhist Temples of Japan. The temple is UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Vibrant colourful three storey pagoda

Take bus number 206 from Kinkaku-ji, it goes direct to the temple, within 1 hour you’ll reach. The story of temple dates back to the late 8th century. 

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The main entrance built in early 16th century

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

One of the most photographed sight in the city. Famous for its tall Bamboo Grove.

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Never ending bamboo groves
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Walk past the forest on rickshaw ride driven by Shafu

Standing amid these soaring high bamboos is like being in another world. To reach from Kyoto Station take the JR Sagano/San-in Line to Saga-Arashiyama Station and walk for about 10 minutes.

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Picture perfect bamboo shots. “Though the bamboo forest is dense, water flows through it freely”
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Love the pebbles, Love the memory

Fushimi Inari Taisha

It is one of the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.

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Come and fall in love with the purest of colour “Vermilion”

Famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. It is located just outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line.

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Lost in the colours 

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