Kyoto

After three full days in Osaka it is time to hit up Kyoto! Compared to Osaka, it holds a more traditional and historical ambiance since it used to be the capital of Japan from 794 until 1868. However, many landmarks and temples have been destroyed multiple times by fires and wars over its history until world war II, when Kyoto’s historical importance was finally acknowledged by the world. It helped prevented any further annihilation from the attacks of the west in later years. Therefore today, many neighborhoods in Kyoto are still in pre-war conditions and architecture dating back to the 17th-18th century.

Taking a long walk through Kyoto is definitely a thing to do when you are visiting this prefecture. Here are some images of my stroll in the city. I also visited the Sanjusangendo Hall, a place that holds about a thousand Bhudda statues and other Hindu Deities.  The same day I also visited the Inari Shrine, with the iconic trails lined with hundreds of torii gates. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, where I found refuge from the crowd. Alone I climbed to the top of the mountain, walked through acres of bamboo forests, scattered with Shinto shrines mostly mounting fox-spirit statues (Kitsune). It was breathtaking! However it was too dark to take enough good pictures.

During my time in Kyoto, I stayed at Green Peace guest house. A fair priced average place, which was suitable enough for me! It is a very old traditional house with many rooms, two kitchens and one bathroom for everyone. The manager was very nice and is very helpful, but not always home. I highly recommend this place for budget travelers who enjoy a peaceful place far from the city.

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