There are many beautiful places in Japan, but Kyoto is special among them. It is a city of traditional culture, beautiful gardens, picturesque streets, and delicious cuisine. Travelers will want to stay in this city for as many nights as possible. We invite you to explore the most photogenic spots in Kyoto. And through this blog, we will show you some stylish places to visit.
Charming Places to Visit in Kyoto
Kyoto is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Japan and is popular among many tourists. From old shrines and temples to beautiful gardens, Kyoto has many fascinating places to visit. There are also many attractions unique to Kyoto, such as traditional cuisine, fashionable cafes, and souvenir shops. In this issue, we will introduce some of the most photogenic spots for people traveling to Kyoto.
There are too many photogenic spots in Kyoto to count. However, among them, we especially recommend Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Gion, Kinkaku-dera Temple, and the Philosopher’s Path.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the most famous temples in Japan and attracts many tourists every year. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is located halfway up a mountain with thick trees and many attractions such as the five-story pagoda and Otowa Falls. The temple is lit up at night, creating a fantastic atmosphere.
Gion is a district that preserves the traditional Japanese landscape and is known as the best flower town in Japan. The Gion Festival is one of the three major festivals in Japan and attracts many visitors every year. Gion retains many traditional buildings and traditional performing arts, making it an enjoyable place just to walk around.
Kinkakuji Temple is one of the representative temples of Kyoto and is registered as a World Heritage site. The main hall shining in gold is overwhelmingly beautiful. In autumn, the surrounding foliage is beautiful and attracts many tourists.
Philosopher’s Path is one of the places where visitors can enjoy the scenery of the ancient capital of Kyoto, with its historical streets and beautiful gardens. Philosopher’s Path is lined with many cherry trees, and in spring visitors can walk through a tunnel of cherry blossoms. The path is also illuminated at night.
There is much more to see in Kyoto than these tourist attractions. Enjoy a trip to Kyoto to experience the scenery and culture unique to the ancient capital and to be healed by nature.
Kyoto is home to many stylish and delicious cafes. Artist Cafe TAKEO is a wonderful cafe where you can enjoy coffee and sweets in a soft atmosphere.
Brick and Café is a café with a unique brick exterior that offers a relaxed atmosphere for dining, while Renovado is a beautifully decorated and stylish café where you can enjoy delicious coffee and light meals. Kyan café is a quiet and cozy café offering delicious homemade cakes.
All cafes offer delicious food and beverages and a unique and comfortable atmosphere. Be sure to visit these stylish cafes to have a wonderful time in Kyoto.
There are many beautiful gardens in Kyoto, but here are four of them.
First is the garden at Suzumo-ji Temple. It is famous for its karesansui (dry landscape) garden, which is popular among many tourists. The garden is characterized by a serene atmosphere with rocks, moss, and pine trees in harmony. Surrounded by nature, the garden at Suzumo-ji is a quiet place to stroll and relax.
Next is the garden in Kawaramachi. This is a Japanese-style garden located on the grounds of Kyoto City Hall. It is a peaceful garden with a stream and waterfall and planted with trees and flowers.
Cherry blossoms are at their best in spring, and autumn is the season of beautiful autumn leaves. Kawaramachi’s garden, with its seasonal scenery, is recommended when you want to get away from everyday life.
Next is the garden at Ryoanji Temple. This is a rare Japanese garden with a pond garden with a circular path around it, surrounded by mountains and tea plantations.
There are many walking paths within the garden, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenery along the way. The autumn leaves around the pond are especially colorful and beautiful in fall. Why not enjoy nature in the quiet garden of Ryoan-ji, where you can hear birds singing?
Last but not least, the garden at Jojakkoji Temple. This is a karesansui (dry landscape) garden with finely laid sand, which is rare for a Japanese garden. A rock is placed in the center of the garden, keeping the entire garden simple. Looking at the tranquil garden of Jojakkoji Temple, you will realize that there is not much that is necessary.
These are just some of the beautiful gardens in Kyoto. They are all places you should visit at least once.
Stylish souvenir shops
No visit to Kyoto is complete without a visit to a souvenir shop! Here we introduce four stylish souvenir shops.
If you go to Okazaki, you will find many antique stores. You may be able to find some nice old things. Furthermore, Nishijin is a textile town, and there are stores selling hand-dyed kimonos and bags. So, look for a nice gift there.
If you are in the Nijo Castle area, I recommend a souvenir shop called “TSUJIRIHEIKA. The sweets here are very delicious.
Finally, if you go to Gion, you will find many pottery souvenir shops. Some have beautiful Japanese taste. If you are not sure where to look for souvenirs, you can take a walk around the Gion area.
Now, let’s go on a trip to look for souvenirs!
Enjoy Traditional Cuisine
Kyoto is a symbol of traditional Japanese food culture and has its own unique culinary culture. Among the most famous restaurants in the city are those famous for the Gion Festival, which offer sumptuous dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
Also popular are restaurants that offer the longest cooking courses in Kyoto. Furthermore, many fashionable restaurants use Kyoto vegetables to create colorful dishes. And there are also long-established restaurants famous for their tempura, offering a taste of Kyoto’s gastronomy.
Kyoto’s restaurants, where you can enjoy a variety of cuisines from traditional Japanese cuisine to new Western-style cuisine, are attractive places for food lovers.
Kyoto has numerous tourist attractions, but there are also many photogenic and stylish places to visit. Kiyomizu Temple, Gion, Kinkakuji Temple, and the Philosophical Path are some of the most popular places. There are also numerous stylish cafes such as Artist Cafe TAKEO, Brick and Cafe, RENOVADO, and Garan Cafe.
The gardens of Suzumo-ji Temple, Kawaramachi Garden, Ryoanji Temple, and Jojakkoji Temple, where you can enjoy beautiful gardens, are also popular and photogenic places.
When visiting Kyoto, don’t forget to visit the souvenir shops. There are antique stores in Okazaki, textile stores in Nishijin, souvenir shops near Nijo Castle, pottery shops in Gion, and many more, ranging from traditional Japanese souvenirs to unusual items.
As for dining, there are a variety of restaurants, including one famous for the Gion Festival, the longest cooking course in Kyoto, a stylish restaurant using Kyoto vegetables, and a long-established restaurant famous for its tempura, all of which are sure to please you with traditional Japanese cuisine.
Kyoto is full of charming and stylish places. We hope you will visit and enjoy Kyoto’s charms to the fullest.