The traditional side of Japan: Kyoto ❀

If you go to Japan you definitely shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore Kyoto. The ancient Japanese capital is full of surprises — and of old beautiful shrines of course.

First i will start with my favorite one, the very impressive Fushimi Inari Taisha. Every time i go to Kyoto i have to climb the stairs — quite a lot of them — to walk under more than 10,000 toriis (the red wooden doors).

Arriving at the top always procures me a feeling of satisfaction. Plus, not a lot of people walk until the top and the higher you go, the less people you will find. The toriis also tend to be older and sometimes less renovated — well this shrine is around 1,300 years old ^^

My second and third favorite temples in Kyoto are Kinkakuji temple and the Zen temple of Nannaji.

First, Kinkakuji temple is a very touristic temple. For this, i don’t really like going there — even if i agree, you have to see the temple at least one time. The best time to go their is at the end of the day, when the sun is setting.

The second picture is a part of the Zen garden of Ninnaji temple. Kyoto is full of little temple and not all of them are well known. Actually it is really worth going to “unknown” temple, because only there you will be able to experience the true calm and atmosphere of a Zen temple. In this kind of places, you feel very privileged !

And after all of this exploration — and walking — nothing is better than a good Japanese matcha tea or if you go to Japan in summer, a good matcha-flavored ice cream ❤

Our next stop was the Bamboo forest of Kyoto. I was lucky enough to walk in the bamboo forest just when a photograph was having a shooting.

The forest itself is really nice, even if it can be a little bit too crowded sometimes. In summer there are also some mosquitoes there if you stay after 4–5pm — so visiting in the morning is better.

Our final stop was Gion. This famous neighborhood of Kyoto is well-known for its beautiful meikos and geishas, even if today it is very rare to see a real one in the streets. However i was very lucky to observe one very quickly — apparently a Meiko — a geisha apprentice.

One of Gion’s main streets (left). Entering the circle and making a wish is part of the Japanese tradition (right)

Finally when we were ready to go back to our hotel, we saw a tiny entrance in one of the streets of Gion. Curiosity is a good thing because without it, we would have missed the chance to see a demonstration of some Japanese Art, like the Meiko dance, flower arrangement, Japanese comedy show or tea ceremony.

Meiko Dance

Kyoto has a lot of surprises in stock and i’ll have to go back a 3rd time in order to continue to discover them~

And if you have enough time in Kyoto, it is actually really worth it to spend one day in the very cute town of Nara, where you can walk to city and discover beautiful Japanese culture while being surrounded by nice and docile deers all along.

⤐ If you want to know the precise locations of where the pictures were taken, you can find them on my Instagram account, where i gathered all of the shots i took during my journeys ;)

⤐ And here is the Youtube link of my last travels in Asia.

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