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What to do in Kyoto ? (1)

Tokyo is just like any other big cities around the world, high skyscrapers building, crowded street, busy schedules, traffic here and there, but Kyoto give you a very different vibe. Where Tokyo people walks and moves very fast, Kyoto people tends to take it slow and seems more relaxed. If you plan to stay in Kyoto for a few days, I would recommend you to find some place around Kyoto JR Station area, since it will be the best choice to get to trains (though you won't use much train around Kyoto), buses, and food, because there's a lot of mall surrounding the station with a food court inside.


They have a high end brand shops, as well as cheap but pretty cloths stores underground as well. You can also rent a bicycle to move around if you don't feel like taking trains or buses as well, but only if you know your road well. When Tokyo is famous for its modern and metropolitan lifestyle, Kyoto is famous for its historical and traditional value. You can find lots of old historical building, temple or monument around here.
For a start, you would prefer to visit Fushimi Inari Shrine. Reason? Because around here, there's nowhere else to go, so you would definitely spend almost the whole day to go through this shrine. Other is because visiting this shrine alone, you will have to spend a 4 hour walk (if you walk slowly in no rush) starting from getting in from the entrance, go up the hill and go back down again to the exit.
And the most famous tourist attraction in this place would be the thousands red bright gate which they build around the mountain path, which is called senbon tori, meaning thousands of tori gates. Each gates is being build from donation of individuals, companies and / or organization, and you will be able to find the name of the donator by the back of each gates. Once you go up, you won't have to worry, as if you decided to give up middle way, there are some turning point to let you go back down to the exit.
Up next would be visiting a street called "Nene No Michi", which let you see traditional houses and stores. Here you can find lots of street snacks, souvenirs shops all along the road. And, you might want to go along the uphill path, as it will lead you to another famous points of Kyoto which is called Kiyomizudera Temple. A temple with a breath taking panoramic view, and a small waterfall (?) which is said could grant your wish.
There's a construction going on by the time I visit the place, but you still can have the wish upon a waterfall if you keep walking forward. You will have to take a quite heavy steel glass, reach out to the water falling from the roof. If you're able to take it and drink it, it is said that your wish will come true. And you might have to line up to get a turn. =D
@ Seoucial / Inggrid Ng

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