Kyoto Photo Diary


Kyoto is a must if you’re planning on visiting Japan. Unlike Tokyo, Kyoto is more traditional and slow-paced. We took the JR train from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo to Kyoto, which took about two and a half hours. The ride is pretty relaxing and you can also catch a view of Mt Fuji on the way. We stayed at an Airbnb in Kyoto, which was super small and I guess pretty common in a lot of cities in Japan, but I would also recommend staying in a ryokan, a traditional style inn. This is definitely what I would do next time.

There are sooo many things to do and see in Kyoto that, unfortunately, we weren’t able see it all in our two day trip. We rented bikes for $10/day, which I think is the best way to see and get around Kyoto. We were able to hit some of the popular spots like Fushimi Inari-taisha (shrine with torii gates), Kinkaku-ji (golden temple), Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace; but there are literally so many more temples, shrines, and parks that we didn’t get to see. We didn’t even make it to Arashiyama (bamboo forest), which was very high on my list. =(

This only means that I need to plan a second trip back to Kyoto to try and see everything else that I missed. After a couple of days in Kyoto, we hopped back on the JR line again and made our way to Osaka. Stay tuned!




9 Replies to “Kyoto Photo Diary”

  1. We haven’t made it to Asia at all, which is really such a shame. Kyoto is gorgeous–I love your photos! The architecture and the traditional dress of the people there are two things I’m looking forward to experiencing myself one day!

    1. Tuyet Kelly says: Reply

      Oh you definitely need to!! You won’t regret it.

  2. Beautiful photos, Tuyet! My favorite is the couple in kimono/yukata!

    1. Tuyet Kelly says: Reply

      Thanks Paul! I really appreciate it. That one is also my favorite. Hope you’re enjoying Japan!

  3. This place looks gorgeous. Definitely somewhere that I would love to visit one day. Your photos are amazing!

  4. Kyoto is so beautiful, love your gorgeous pics! I went to Tokyo last year and enjoyed everything about it. Next trip I need to plan some time in Kyoto, such a fabulous destination! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. I love you maxi dress and pink midi skirt look! I also love those gorgeous photos.

  6. LOVE your photos. I studied abroad in Tokyo during my last year of college. This makes me miss Japan!

  7. Fascinating! I have always been interested in seeing Kyoto! Thanks so much for sharing. Love your outfits there as well!! xx, Lindsay

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