Kyoto – Summary

The weather was unfortunately really bad (typhoon). It prevented us from attending 2 great festivals and from visiting the many temples and gardens we had on our list (just look at the extensive list of ‘things to do next time’, below …). It’s a pity since those are the highlights which Kyoto is known for. We nevertheless had a nice stay, in a comfortable and well-located Airbnb.

It was a very good introduction to Japan.

We did enjoy the activities we’ve done, mainly:

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha
  • The sumo competition (one of our highlights of the whole trip so far)
  • The Kusama’s exhibit at the Forever Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Our kaiseki culinary experiences (and also the kaiten-sushi where we went twice)

We still have many things to see next time:


  • Ryoan-ji (Japan’s most famous Zen garden)
  • Path of Philosophy, and the temples along it, especially Nanzen-ji and Ginkaku-ji (but also Eikan-do and Honen-in)
  • Kiyomizu-dera (at the end of the day, for stunning views of Kyoto)
  • Nijo-jo (castle) – for me (the family visited it)
  • Restaurants: Sushi at Iyomata (in Nishiki Market), Gion Kawamoto (delicious sushi), Itoh Dining (teppanyaki).

But also:

  • Tofuku-ji
  • To-ji
  • Higashi Hongan-ji
  • Daitoku-ji
  • Koto-in
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
  • Tenryu-ji
  • Gio-ji
  • Okochi Sanso
  • Sanzen-in

Note: ji = temple; jo = castle; in = garden



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