More national treasures of Japan exist in the city of Kyoto than any other and it remains one of the most important cities, culturally speaking, in Japan. It's simply a must-visit place and was our next stop on our trek across Japan.
As one of the cultural and historical hubs of Japan, Kyoto boasts not only shrines and temples galore, but also some of the best fine dining you will find.
|Prayer boards at the shinto shrine|
|This green and orange one was stunning!|
My favorite color is orange, so I tracked down a lot of orange yukatas for my own fashion inspiration (no I'm not kidding, check out the photos). A lot of the girls opted for pink, blue or purple, so I had my work cut out for me tracking down the orange ones.
I also seriously enjoyed the street leading up to the temple, as it had snacks galore. We tried some giant rice crackers and some delicious soft serve on the way back from the temple!
|Senbei galore! Lots of tasty flavors to choose from|
I got goosebumps when I went inside of the local buddhist temple in Yawatahama and lit incense and found my ancestors. I loved wandering the markets of Fukuoka and later, Tokyo. I'm just not content to stare at a view: I like to touch, I want to explore, get lost, eat something funky, and do something spontaneous.
|Loved the one on the right|
After strolling around in giant platform geta and taking photos outside, we returned where they restored us to street clothes and fresh faces just as fast. We were stunned. To see the results, see the first photo on this post!
|Outside our ryokan!|
Staying in such an old fashioned house was a very fun and unique experience: our room was slanted from the roof, too low to stand by the windows, and we we woke up to the sounds of the neighbors getting their days started. It was an old world feel walking distance from everywhere.
|Our fluffy futons and the low side of the room!|
What will I be featuring for Kyoto? A restaurant review and some recipes! Stay tuned, or use the list below!