I was super excited to sit on the bullet train from Hakone to Kyoto. I was keeping my fingers crossed for a smoother ride, as I get motion sickness from time to time, however, Andie and I were still feeling pretty iffy for the entire train ride.
Kyoto is an amazing city – I’d venture as far as to say it was my favourite city in Japan (so far!). It is an eclectic mix of traditional and modern, and the streets were full of quirky and interesting stores to look at. Of course we visited some temples – our hostel guide told us that there was actually a temple route, but we decided to take it a bit easier and check a couple off our hit list.
Our super cute bunks at Piece Hostel – definitely worth the stay! Try and plan ahead as these guys get booked out super early.
Sunset at Kamo River
Ochazuke and Japanese curry for breakfast at Piece Hostel We visted the amazingly serene bamboo grove at Arashiyama, one of my must-see spots. It was a lovely walk-through the grove 🙂
% Arabica Kyoto Arashiyama
We saw Kinka-kuji Temple and it was magical! The top two levels have completely covered in gold leaf.
Fushimi Inari Taisha – the token torii photo.
I made a friend!
A lovely day trip to do while in Kyoto is taking the train to Kibune (aka Kifune) and Kurama. In the summer, they do kawadoko dining, and to be out of the city and be having a wonderful omakase meal with a cooling breeze was an awesome experience.