Thousand-year capital ~ Kyoto


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Tips: Bus Terminal located in front of Karasuma central exit (north side) on the main floor. You will see Kyoto Tower directly north from the bus terminal. Most temples are located in the North and west of Kyoto

Accommodation in Kyoto ( tatami beds)

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Bus Pass for Kyoto

  • Travel kit info
  • Sightseeing Kyoto by bus info
  • If you are planning to tour Kyoto, buy a pass at the Kyoto Station, if not, you may need to pay ¥ 230 per trip


  • Kinkaku- ji ( Golden Pavilion)


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Location: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan

10 minutes on foot from our accommodation. This temple is one of the main attractions in Kyoto. There was a gong inside the temple before you reach the ticketing booth where you can make a wish and ring it once.

Admission fee: ¥400

Fudo Hall

Tip: Before you reach this shrine, there are stores that sell souvenir items that depict the Temple like key chains, miniature, lucky charms and other work of art. Most of the items start at ¥ 100

  • Kitano Tenmangū



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Location: Japan, 〒602-8386 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 上京区馬喰町

Admission Fee: None

The shrine was about 10 minutes away from the Golden temple by bus and packed with local people praying.

Tip: Some bus stops have signs that indicates what buses are arriving and its destination in English. There are English announcements inside the buses, to and from major stops / temples in Kyoto.

Fortune Telling inside the shrine

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Cost: ¥100


  • Philosopher’ s Walk

Location:  Path that follows a cherry-tree-lined canal in Kyoto. This is between Ginkaku-ji temple and Nanzen-ji temple

  • Ginkaku-ji

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Location: 2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8402, Japan

Admission Fee: ¥500



Food near Kazu’s Place ( our accommodation)

  • Matsuya

Arrived in Kyoto a bit late so it was hard to find any opened restaurants. Found this place while walking around the area.

Cost: ¥  100


  • Mc Donalds

Two blocks away from Kazu’s place. Great if you want to have a quick bite before exploring the temples in Kyoto.

Cost: ¥  150 – ¥ 200~ burger


  • ガネーシャ Indian Dining Ganesha

Location: 北区平野宮西町55 HAINESフェイム1FKyoto, Japan

Cost: Food ~ ¥500 up , Drinks ~ ¥ 200 up

The owner of this restaurant was an Indian guy who can speak Japanese fluently. The restaurant was clean and the service was good. Though it was a little expensive but we had a great meal here especially for me that had way too much Japanese food on my palate.

Fushimi Inari Taisha

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Location: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 612-0882, Japan

Admission Fee: None

Accessible by JR Nara line, deserted in the evening yet crowded in the morning.

Outside the shrine, you will find food stalls that sell a variety of food and sweets. Prices range from ¥200 – ¥500



Tip: From Fushimi Inari Shrine, take a local train going to Nara. Nara park is about 20 minutes from the train station.

  • Kōfuku-ji

Location: 48 Noboriojicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8213, Japan

Admission Fee: None


  • Nara Park 


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Location: Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan

Admission Fee: None

A block after Kofuku-ji. The deer roams freely around the park. Most of them are walking around eating grass but if they see you feeding other deer, they will flock and demand more food.

Tip: Bring LOTS of bread


  • Food

Nara park surrounded with cafes, restaurants, and shops. We found one on our way back to the train station. Forgot the name of this cafe, though. Unlimited drinks for around ¥  200, the dessert cost ¥  250 and taste really good.


Tip: From Kyoto Station, take a local train to Arashiyama. Walk for about 20 minutes going to the Bamboo Forest

  • Bamboo Forest


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Location: Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

Admission Fee: None

Packed with tourist and locals alike. You can explore the forest on foot, by bike or hire a carriage for $15 / person for 45 minutes



  • Geisha District

Location: 〒607-8167 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 山科区椥辻封シ川町23−1

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A great place to unwind after a busy day. Restaurants are everywhere in this area. This is a perfect place for Geisha spotting.
Tip: Geisha walks really fast and  NOT camera friendly. You need to analyze  where they usually appear then disappear suddenly. Stay at that corner for at least 30 minutes
  • Kyoto Gion Cuisine

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We found the place somewhere in Geisha district offering cheaper meals compared to other restaurants but ended up paying ¥17,000 for this traditional multi-course meal. The serving of food was like an art, dishing up each cuisine one by one. You need to wait for a while for the next batch of food, which will give you a minute or two to talk to your friends savoring the uniqueness of each food.

  • Mos Burger

This burger made us missed our bus, walked about an hour in the middle of the night and took an expensive taxi ride for less than 10 minutes¥ 800 ) to reach our accommodation. Expensive burger, tiring night but WORTH IT!!

Cost: ¥ 380


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