If you missed part one of my Japan travel diary, check it out here! Tokyo was an amazing city and we could have totally spent a month there with plenty to do! However, I loved spending a few days in Kyoto for a much needed change of pace. It was incredible to really experience the center of geisha culture and visit all the temples!
The beauty of Gion was astounding and we got the chance to eat at a few tiny but amazing restaurants. I’m talking shoes left at the door and the restaurant holds only 6 people! It was so interesting (and delicious). We also picked up a pastry pretty much every time we passed a bakery (and also a Lawson which is their 7 Eleven but the desserts are so yummy). I could never get enough red bean!
Tenryu-ji Temple, Kyoto. We went for the temple but I got sidetracked by the beautiful gardens first! So many gorgeous flowers and delicately placed shrubbery. A must see!
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. I found this gem on one of my favorite Instagram accounts and it definitely didn’t disappoint! It’s so magical and photos don’t do it justice! To avoid the crowds, I’d recommend going early in the morning. Don’t be afraid of using the trolley or bus systems either! They’re easy once you find on the right one.
Osaka Castle. What a sight! It was so cool to walk up to the castle and look out over the moat and city! We also stopped by the Kit Kat store afterward – so many unique flavors available! This dress is PERFECT for wedding season and is such a steal. Brides, it also comes in white!
Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto. Definitely a must see! So pretty and it’s actually gold when you get up close!
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto. We hiked through these beautiful tori (hence the messy topknot) right before sunset! If you have the time, definitely go all the way up and you won’t be disappointed!