JAPANESE JOURNEY: SECOND STOP, KYOTO.
After an exciting week in Tokyo, we grabbed our Japan Rails ticket and headed to the train station for our first ride in the "Shinkansen" (Japanese high-speed railway.)
After 2 hours and 30 minutes we arrived in the Kansai region, ready to discover KYOTO, the city of Ten Thousand Shrines.
The first evening in Kyoto was incredible. As we did not know what to expect from the city, we were pleasantly surprised by its atmosphere and quiet ambiance. We wandered through the cobbled streets of Gion and fell in love with the wooden houses and traditional entrances of shops and restaurants. Kyoto is much more traditional than Tokyo... one can really feel the authenticity of old Japan.
We stayed in Kyoto for 4 days, visiting various temples and gardens. Among them, the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Golden Pavillion, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and the beautiful Todai-Ji temple in Nara. Todai-Ji temple was probably our favorite because the deers were running everywhere and it felt absolutely surreal.