Thursday 30 April 2015

What To Do in Kyoto in Three Days

Day 1.
   I bought  Kyoto Sightseeing Pass which was valid for two days. You can check details about the passes available in Kyoto here.

  1. Ginkakuji (The Silver Pavilion)
  2. Philosopher's Path which starts just outside Ginkakuji. It is more than ever beautiful during the cherry blossom season.
  3. Explore Nanzenji and check out the Sanmon Gate.
  4.  Konchi-in Temple
  5. Tenjuan Temple
  6. Walk through Keage Incline. This is a tree lined slope which is also especially beautiful during the cherry blossom season.
  7. Heian Shrine
  8. Yasaka Shrine
  9. Kodaiji
  10. Higashiyama District (Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka)
  11. Kiyomizudera Temple.
  12. Gion or Pontocho for dinner.
Day 2.

  1. Monkey Park. It takes about 20 minutes to climb the mountain to see the monkeys. There is also a very good view of Kyoto from the top.
  2. Togetsukyo Bridge. Spend a few minutes viewing the bridge. The best views are from the downstream side of the bridge.
  3. Explore the Tenryuji Temple.
  4. Walk to the Bamboo Groves from Tenryuji Temple.
  5. Explore Jojakkoji.
  6. After exploring Jojakkoji, continue to Gioji temple.
  7. Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street
  8. Otagi Nenbutsuji
  9. Daikakuji
Day 3.

  1. Golden Pavillion (Kinkaku). You should go there early to avoid the touristy crowd.
  2. Don’t miss the Ryoan Ji Temple! This is the most famous Zen Garden in Japan.
  3. Ninnaji
  4. Kyoto Imperial Palace
  5. Nijo Castle
  6. Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.
I stayed in a traditional Japanese-style room at Oyado Sato which was just a 12-minute walk from Kyoto Station. Check the rates and room availability here!

Travel tip: Most of the temples are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and the entrance fees range from 300 to 900 Yen. As you will do a lot of walking, I suggest you wear a pair of comfortable shoes.

Ciao bellas! Happy travels x

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