Kyoto is a most beautiful place and we really enjoyed our very short time there. We didn’t stay in Kyoto because the ryokans cost an arm and a leg. Instead, we took the train over to Osaka – just three hours away from Tokyo and 30 minutes from Kyoto – and stayed there for two nights.
The main thing with Kyoto is that you can get “templed-out” very quickly since the area is known for its shrines. We had very little time, just one day and one morning, and we didn’t want to waste it on similar looking temples. Luckily for us, I had a friend who is a Japan fanatic and gave me a list of must-visit places when we are in Kyoto.
The first is Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku-ji. It sits by a river and the top two levels are covered with gold leaf. By the morning light, the shrine looks really majestic and elegant. It’s a pity, though, that we weren’t allowed to go nearer to it.
For more pictures of our Kyoto-Osaka trip, click here.