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While only a few hours from Tokyo, Kyoto has its own forms of cuisine that we wanted to sample while visiting and there were a still some holdouts from our Tokyo list that we wanted to try, such as yakitori.
Here’s what we ate in Kyoto: Gion Namba: Top of our Kyoto list was a traditional Kyoto style of eating called kaiseki, or a multi-course Japanese dinner that does not involve sushi.
Fushimi Inari: We started bright and early at one of Kyoto’s busiest shrines—Fushimi Inari, which is dedicated to the goddess of rice.
In this post, I will walk through everything you need to do during a two-day stay in the city, which is about as much time as you need.
After getting into the main section, which is flooded with travelers making it virtually impossible to get a good solo photo without people in the background, my boyfriend found a genius hack that was a shortcut that allowed us to walk in the woods next to the shrine and get in front of the crowds so that we could get some amazing shots.
All in all we spent about an hour here before heading to the next location.
Day 1: With only two days in Kyoto, we really wanted to maximize our time so that we saw all of the must-see shrines but also left some time to happen upon things.
Before we went to Japan, I took the time to map out all of our “musts” on Google maps, and then created an itinerary based on proximity so we could be efficient.Just a few practical pieces of information: Kyoto is very accessible to get to from Tokyo, so if you are visiting Japan for the first time, it definitely makes sense to see both cities on the same visit.