Photo Diary: 24 Hours in Kyoto!
Tokyo may be Japan’s most well-known city, but Kyoto houses some of the country’s most iconic sights. Exploring the city makes you feel like you’ve stepped into the heart of the country’s history and culture. The Fushimi Inari Shrine, with its famous red torii gates (as seen in Memoirs of a Geisha), and the historic Kimkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), are just two of the many draws in Kyoto –- there are dozens more, like the mesmerizing Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, to name a few.
You can easily spend more than two to three days wandering the streets of Kyoto. You can even do it all while dressed in a kimono, with rentals starting for as little as 2500 yen. Located in the center of Japan, Kyoto also serves as a great base for exploring nearby cities, like Nara or Osaka (which is only 15 minutes away by bullet train!)
Whether you only stay for a few days or you use the city as your base to explore the rest of the country, no trip to Japan is complete without a visit to Kyoto. And here you can see why...