Kyoto’s rural northwest is perfect for a day out with nature. Ride the breathtaking Sagano Romantic Train followed by a stroll along Arashiyama Bamboo Forest before ending the day at the zen-like Tenryu-ji.
Family. Food. Fun!
A trip to Kyoto is incomplete without a visit to Gion. We visited the famed Yasaka Shrine, admired traditional townhouses, ate halal yakiniku and to top it off, a brief encounter with a real geisha.
“Kyoto’s Kitchen” is a 700-year old market full of stores selling seafood, fresh produce, sweets and snacks. We happily went stall hopping and ended up trying 10 foods for a wholesome Nishiki Market experience.
Go handicraft hunting at one of the most bustling monthly pop-up bazaars in Kyoto. Chion-ji Temple Handicraft Market is one huge maze of stalls that sells everything local and artisanal under the sun.
Our first stop in Kyoto is a visit to one of the most revered Shinto shrines in Japan – Fushimi Inari Taisha where I ate a bird, ogle at fierce-looking foxes and be in awe at the endless vermillion torii.
Japan is the most developed country in Asia and with that comes a higher cost of living. That didn’t deter us from traveling to Kansai as we discovered a few ways to save money throughout our journey.
Japan is our first faraway family adventure and Kansai is certified cool. Seven days is all you need to fall in love with gorgeous Kyoto and be in awe over dazzling Osaka.