A peaceful morning alone in Kyoto

Besides visiting the main tourist spots of the city, the old capital of Japan has many temples and shrines unknown for the major part of foreigner visitors. For those visiting for the first time, and with a limited time, there are lots of places to see in one day in Kyoto. As I’ve seen most of the tourist spots, it’s always refreshing to wander an explore around when I have the chance. Kyoto is packed all year round with tourists, yet waking up early and explore the surroundings of the ryokan we stayed was the highlight of the day.

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Entrance to Higashi Honganji temple, Kyoto.

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Walk around Gion, Kyoto traditional geisha district

Kyoto most famous district, located between Yasaka Shrine and the Kamo River. Walk around Gion and wander with traditional shops, restaurants and teahouses, where Geisha and their apprentices, named Maiko, entertain the visitors and clients with traditional music and performances, whilst enjoying japanese haute cousine. Head to the main street Hanami-koji and enjoy the streets of Gion.
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Hanami – koji, main street of Gion.

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Kiyomizudera photo session Kyoto’s best temple complex

One of the mainstream tourists spots that you can’t avoid to visit while you’re in Kyoto, is Kiyomizudera temple, in Higashiyama district. Specially for photography addicts. Wander around the streets of Higashiyama towards Kiyomizudera temple, and take your time to delight your senses and camera skills during the visit.
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Kiyomizudera temple main hall with views of Kyoto.

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One day in Kyoto

Many times I’ve been asked for things to do in Kyoto limited to one day visit. It’s difficult to narrow it all the amazing things you can visit or do in Kyoto. Usually my top recommendations are Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji shrine and Gion district on a tight schedule, but here’s a list of the main spots to visit in Kyoto. With good planning and timing you can be able to visit many places in one day in the old capital.

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Tourists in front of the Kinkakuji shrine map, Kyoto.

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