Kyoto Photoblog

Kyoto is a city in Japan known for its many historic towns as well as world famous shrines and temples. The modern shopping centers and traditional shrines is a blend of new and old that makes it a popular travel destination.

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Nishiki Market is a covered shopping street in Kyoto
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We stayed at an Airbnb in Nishiki Market while in Kyoto
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One of the many shrines in the market area

You will quickly discover that temples are everywhere in Kyoto and that is one of the reasons why it is such a beautiful place to visit. The distinct architecture and customs are unique.

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We also found temples
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Many fountains for purification had a small dragon that would dispense water
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Shrines and temples are everywhere in Kyoto

Nishiki Market was one of our favorite places to visit. Our Airbnb was located on the second floor right in the heart of the market so we woke up every morning to the sounds of shops opening.

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Nishiki market is home to shops selling sweets, pickles, and sushi
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Narrow alleyways connect the streets
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We found a shop selling little cakes stuffed with a sweet filling
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Even in the market you can find a shrine crammed between two shops

The Kamo River runs through the center of Kyoto and is a great place to relax. As the sun sets, many folks gather on the banks of the river to enjoy the outdoors. The Kamo River translates to “duck river” and you can find ducks swimming in the rivers, especially under the bridges.

Kamo River Kyoto Japan
The Kamo River
Kamo River
Kamo River in the daytime

Kyoto is well known for being a historic city, so tourists often rent yukatas to walk around in.

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Many locals and tourists take a stroll along the Kamo River
Shijo dori
The street to Yasaka Shrine passes through Gion
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Folks wearing yukatas waiting to cross the street
Yasaka Shrine
Entrance to Yasaka Shrine
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Statue of a lion guards the temple
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These water fountains and scoops are used for purification
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Shrines are everywhere in Kyoto
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Walking from temple to temple was a great way to explore the city
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Yasaka Shrine
Maruyama Park
For every shrine there has to be someone to keep it clean
Maruyama Park
You can visit many different shrines in the park
Maruyama Park
The masses of lanterns were quite a sight
Maruyama Park
Shops in the park looked shut down for the off season
Drink Coca-Cola bench
Drink Coca-Cola bench
Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park is a great place to pose for pictures and selfies
Maruyama Park
Spotted a heron at Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park has a monkey island you can enter by crossing a bridge. We didn’t visit monkey island because we heard that the monkeys can be very aggressive especially if you have something they want.

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We walked a lot in Kyoto
Kyoto rickshaw
Kyoto has rickshaws just like Nara
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Some bamboo was growing in the back of a building
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Steps are lush with greenery
Japanese yukata
People wearing yukatas to wander the streets
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This small shop was selling wire art

The Higashiyama district was not on our list of places to visit, but we happened to wander into it on our way to Kiyomizudera. We were happy we did because there are many fun shops and landmarks to see. The streets were crowded in the afternoon when the most tourists arrived. Some of the shops offer samples to lure customers in. Make sure to bring your own water because there are no water fountains to drink from.

Higashiyama district
The streets in the Higashiyama district are lined with shops
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Higashiyama district is home to historic towns and is very walkable
Totoro
Totoro! Brownie points for you if you know who this is
Japanese tile roofs
Japanese tile roofs look like scales on a fish
Kiyomizu-dera
Kiyomizu-dera is a long walk but worth the trip
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We could see a temple far in the distance
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Statues of dragons surround temples and shrines
Japan trucks
Trucks in Japan are tiny and cute

I went out to take some photos in the evening alone and I came across a demonstration in progress. The police were escorting a group of protesters through the city. There were so many policemen that I thought that there might be a large demonstration, but the group of protesters was actually very small.

Japanese police escorting protesters
Police escorting protesters
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You can’t help but stop and look at some shopfronts
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The police were escorting this small demonstration
Teramachi shopping street
Teramachi covered street is a large covered street that spans several blocks
Kyoto alley street
Alleyways in Kyoto are beautiful tapestries of buildings and billboards
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Small rivers are crossed by little bridges
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Many people on the streets at the end of the day
Kamo River
You can eat at fancy restaurants overlooking the river
Kamo River
Crowds gather at sunset along the Kamo River
The streets of Kyoto at night
The streets of Kyoto at night
Shinkyogoku covered shopping street
Shinkyogoku covered shopping street
Japan bike racks
Bike racks are filled up by evening time
Ippudo ramen
We stopped for lunch at Ippudo ramen
Entrance gate to Nijo Castle
Entrance gate to Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle is surrounded by a beautiful garden
Nijo Castle is surrounded by a beautiful garden
Bridge to Nijo Castle
Bridge to Nijo Castle

The walk to the bamboo forest was a pleasant stroll from the station. There were shrines and interesting houses to look at along the way.

Bamboo sign
Bamboo straight ahead!
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Small shrine located on the side of the street
Bamboo forest
Bamboo grows thick in the bamboo forest
Bamboo forest
The bamboo sways with the wind like a sea of grass
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The sunlight filters through a bamboo canopy
Bamboo fence
Even the fences are made from bamboo
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There are shrines to have your wishes granted
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The bamboo forest is miles and miles of bamboo
Bamboo forest Kyoto Japan
Caught some kids playing among the bamboo
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Some older men praying at a Shinto shrine
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Fushimi Inari Shrine is protected by foxes which are supposed to be messengers
Tanuki Kyoto Japan
Tanuki is a shape-shifter that is a mix between a raccoon and a dog

Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for its torii gates. We spend several minutes waiting for a clear shot with no people in the way.

Torii gates Fushimi Inari Shrine Kyoto Japan
There are thousands of torii gates

 

We decided to take a night bus to get to Tokyo and that was a good decision since it would save us a night of rent. The seats were comfortable and included a privacy dome to cover your head. Many of the other passengers were on their way to Disneyland in Tokyo.

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Getting ready to board our night bus to Tokyo

Bonus dog photo from our next post on Japan – Tokyo!

Tokyo Japan dog
Marron!

Is Kyoto on your bucket-list? There is so much to see in Kyoto that we definitely didn’t have enough time to visit them all. The many shrines and temples preserves the culture and history of Japan. Just walking along the Kamo River is a journey to the past. Thanks for taking a look at some of the pictures we took from our time in Kyoto. Remember to come back to see our Tokyo photoblog!

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Kyoto is a city in Japan known for its many historic towns as well as world famous shrines and temples. The modern shopping centers and traditional shrines is a blend of new and old that makes it a popular travel destination.

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