Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto

From all the guide books and online sites I've read about Japan, Kyoto was the place everyone recommended. Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for over 1,000 years. It has a beautiful culture of Geisha's and blossom trees everywhere (my favourite!) so it's a must-do on anyone's Japan bucket list.

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit


Cherry blossom! This was the first proper blossom we saw on the trip, so I was getting snap happy with it...

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

We first headed to Nijo Castle which had stunning grounds and views and a beautiful archway. You couldn't take any photos inside because they had super old screens with paintings that couldn't be exposed to too much direct sunlight. There were a couple of tiger and cherry blossom paintings that I so wanted to get a picture of, but couldn't because of all the guards watching you!

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit
 
Next up was the Golden Pavilion, also known as Kinkaku-ji. The top two stories are covered in pure gold leaf which looked breath-taking in the sunshine.

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

And lastly we headed to Fushimi Inari-taisha which is a shrine that sits at the base of a mountain with over 10,000 torii gates that lead up to the top. There were quite a few Geisha's in the area too, so it was interesting to see them in their outfits.

The torii gates along the trail are donations by individuals and companies, with the donator's name and the date of the donation inscribed on the back of each gate. The cost starts around 400,000 yen for a small sized gate and increases to over one million yen for a large gate - which is a lot of money!

So that's Kyoto ticked off the list! We found Kyoto city to be a lot more European that the others we'd visited, but enjoyed it nonetheless. They also have some brilliant japanese souvenir shops too!

Catch up with Osaka, Nara and Hiroshima and Miyajima Island here.

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading!

Rhiannon x

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