Kyoto Journals

Temple Town - Kyoto

A travel journal to Kyoto by j-san

Kiyomizudera Photo, Kyoto, Japan More Photos
Quote: Kyoto is known as the historic city of Japan, though upon arriving you might wonder whether you are in the right place! Much of the unspoilt history lies in fact on the east and west hillsides of the city.

Kiyomizudera

Attraction | "Slopes of Kiyomizu Temple"

Kiyomizudera Photo, Kyoto, Japan
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The steep sloping lanes running from Kiyomizu Temple are lined with shops all catering to the throngs of tourists. Yet, somehow we don't mind the crowds whenever we make our way here. I always make sure to buy a softserve (green tea flavor is a hit with the locals!) and enjoy looking at the locally made pottery. Kiyomizu pottery is made on the premises of the store, often by the person serving you. It is famous all over Japan.

One tip is to try to avoid coming during October as this is the school sightseeing-trip season! Regardless of the crowds, it's a lovely spot to visit!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Kiyomizudera
1-294 Kiyomizudera
Kyoto, Japan 605-0862
+81 075 551 1234

Gion

Attraction | "The streets of Gion"

Gion Photo, Kyoto, Japan
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The streets of Gion are some of the last remaining large areas of traditional architecture in this city. Much of Kyoto's old houses have long been pulled down to be replaced by ugly concrete office buildings and apartment blocks. When you wander around Gion you can imagine what this town must have once been like. With perhaps the clip-clop of a Geisha in her wooden "getas" running for an appointment behind you, keep your eyes and ears open - you just might see one too!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Gion

Kyoto, Japan