Kyoto, Japan’s former capital and imperial residence, is absolutely packed with temples, shrines, parks, amazing restaurants and truly unique tourist experiences.
Craig and I decided to make this city in central Japan our last big trip for a while, taking advantage of Tuesday being a holiday and making it a long weekend. We tried to fit as much as we could in our time there and had the most fantastic experience learning more about traditional Japanese culture and sampling some of the best food we’ve had since our move here. Really.
We took the Shinkansen, which shortened the trip to just over two hours. At this point, I don’t know if I can take another train again. Despite traveling at nearly 200 miles per hour, the ride is incredibly smooth and comfortable and, like all public transportation in Japan, perfectly clean. We found a tiny short-term apartment near the train station to save some money. Who would have thought we’d dare refer to our place as spacious upon our return home?
We plan to return to Kyoto next year to enjoy one of the other seasons, either in the spring when my parents visit or the fall to see the leaves change color.
Take a look at everything we saw, tried and ate below!