Kinetic Energy in Kyoto
My heart is beaming writing this blog post about Kyoto. Just when you think Japan couldn't get any better, it just did. Kyoto is one of my favorite cities in Japan. Kyoto stands as a timeless city that captivates its rich heritage, breathtaking natural beauty, and vibrant cultural scene. You get the city life and the countryside beauties separated by a bullet train. Spending 4 days in this city is not enough, you will want more time ugh!
The Resol Trinity is our home base which I believe is in a great area and close enough to all the attractions. A lot of my research focuses on the history of Kyoto when it comes to its shrines and natural parks. The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is so enchanting and it feels illegal to speak because everyone is paying their respect to nature. You will walk through the picturesque bamboo that reaches over 50 meters. Tip: There's a secret entrance to the Oukou Uchisansou garden at the end of the path (costs $) that includes Macha tea time with sites of Zen temples. Very calming and gorgeous experience.
For those with a penchant for culinary adventures, Nishiki Market awaits with its local delicacies and fresh produce. I challenge you to try as many foods and sake bombs as you can. Embark on a culinary journey as you explore this bustling market, where stalls offer everything from freshly caught seafood to delectable street snacks. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of flavors that define Kyoto's gastronomic scene, offering a delightful blend of tradition and innovation.
For The Culture...
No visit to Kyoto is complete without paying homage to the sacred Fushimi Inari Shrine. Beware that depending on the day you decide to explore here, it can be very overpopulated but don't let that change your mind about visiting because it's a must-see. Ascend the winding path lined with thousands of vibrant torii gates, each representing a prayer or wish. The ethereal aura that envelopes the shrine evokes a sense of spiritual reverence, offering visitors a chance to connect with Japan's deeply rooted traditions and spirituality. It is so worth getting gifts or exotic snacks outside of the shrine as well.
Beyond its cultural treasures, Kyoto is a haven for food enthusiasts. Indulge in the exquisite flavors of kaiseki, a traditional multi-course meal that presents a harmonious balance of taste, texture, and presentation. From delicate sashimi to meticulously crafted sushi, each bite is a culinary masterpiece that reflects the city's dedication to preserving culinary artistry. You will not be disappointed making a reservation at Yakiniku Dining Kinoe for a breathtaking Japanese BBQ with all different kinds of Wagyu.
As the day winds down, make sure to venture into the vibrant district of Kiyamachi-Dori Street. Lined with charming boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, this bustling locale offers a glimpse into modern Kyoto life. Whether you're seeking a lively night out or a leisurely evening stroll, Kiyamachi-Dori Street promises an atmosphere that seamlessly blends the city's historical charm with contemporary flair. I am counting down the days until next winter when I get to travel back to Japan.