Why just 6? Simply because time sometimes doesn’t permit you to go to places you want to go on a certain day. Oh, wait, not only time but also this thing called distance. I say these two can’t be married. But here’s the thing, I might be able to save you from spending time and money on places that may not be good for you if you plan on visiting Kyoto in the future. In 2 days, you’ll be able to explore these 6 tourist spots which are guaranteed worth visiting. Traveling to Kyoto by car? Absolutely not a bad idea! Don’t worry, I won’t spoil you with so many details.
- Nijo Castle
With an admission fee of 600 yen, take a stroll through the vast area surrounded by calming nature. Never miss taking a tour of the castle. You’ll surely be fascinated by the things inside. Personally, I have no regrets coming to this place where I learned a thing or two about the lives of the folks (living in the castle) in the Edo Period. I certainly have no question as to why this was appointed a UNESCO world heritage site (in 1994).
- Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
I should tell you right ahead that this is a dream come true! Not to be biased, but to say the place was wonderful is an understatement. Its beauty took my breath away. And I loved how well they managed to make the place still be enjoyable to see and be in even with the big crowd. The staff were polite in giving instructions. Your 400 yen (admission fee) won’t be a waste. That’s for sure!
- Fushimi Inari Shrine Looking up at the torii gates
Being famous for its thousands of blood-red torii gates, this significant Shinto shrine has its charm. The only thing that I didn’t like that much was how the place went jam-packed in a blink of an eye. It may sound exaggerated, but it felt that way. Perhaps, it would make a little difference if it wasn’t a public holiday. The good thing is entering is totally for free.
- Gion one of the streets of Gion
I was hoping to catch a glimpse of a geisha or a maiko (geisha apprentice) since it’s Kyoto’s popular geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) district, but sadly to no avail. Instead of feeling disappointed, I was rather astonished by the warmth (not the temperature) of the place. Seeing the different side of Japan was an enlightening experience. Also, I dug in some sumptuous local meal there.
- Kiyomizu-dera The main hall is under renovation (until March 2020).
Handsomely blessed with nature and built midway up Mt. Otawa (one of the peaks in Kyoto’s Higashiyama mountain range), this temple is extraordinary. If you’re someone who loves being one with nature and at the same time experience a different culture, this spot is definitely worth your while. I assume you wouldn’t mind spending 400 yen (admission fee) for this.
- Nishiki Market Last in order but not of worthiness, the place where you can shop the city’s delicious snacks. What’s a trip without bringing some goodies back home? If you don’t need to buy one, just try them to your heart’s content for free. Almost all snack stores there offer customers a free taste. Yay!
If you want to know more about the places mentioned above, don’t hesitate to leave your queries in the comments! You can view the rest of my photos with a little piece of information on my IG.