kyoto, japan

This is part 2 of our trip to Japan! During our week in Tokyo, we headed south for two days to Kyoto. We took a train which was about 1.5 hours to get there, and it was a gorgeous train ride! We passed Mt. Fuji on the way, which was so cool!

Our two days in Kyoto were jam-packed, as there is so much to do there. If you plan a trip to Japan, definitely go to Kyoto, because there is so much to see. I also loved that we went during the Fall–the leaves were gorgeous. Obviously a lot of people try to go to Japan in the Spring to see the cherry blossoms, which I would love to do in the future, but Japan in the Fall did not disappoint.

Below is my bento box lunch, which was delicious! I guess that’s what Japan is known for, so I shouldn’t be surprised.

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See what I mean about the trees?! I thought it was so pretty.

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We headed to a Shinto shrine on our first day in Kyoto, which I really liked. I love the vibrant, red color of it!

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This was the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine, dedicated to the Shinto god of agriculture. I really liked the fox statues we saw around the shrine!

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Another fox!

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The famous and picturesque walk up to the top of the shrine. It was super crowded here! But really neat–I loved the different pink and orange colors on these pillars leading up to the shrine.

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We then headed to a bamboo forest, which I’ve heard is amazing, but we got there just a little bit after dark and couldn’t see it that well. It was still fun to talk up and down the area outside of the bamboo forest, it was a cute part of town.

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Bamboo forest, just as the sun went down. Next time we will come during the day!

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This is random, but we had the MOST DELICIOUS MANGO I’ve ever had. I was not expecting that. It was soft, flavorful, and tasted almost like custard. Jon doesn’t even like mango, but he loved this one.

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The next day we went to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was gorgeous! I loved the gold lining on the roof of the palace.

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And outside of the Imperial Palace was the most beautiful Japanese garden. The leaves here were so pretty, I couldn’t stop staring at them.

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After the Imperial Palace, we went to a ramen shop for lunch. It was INCREDIBLE. I’ve never had ramen like this before! Holy cow. Also, I love Jon’s expression in this photo, before he realized I was taking a picture and could make a face.

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I mean, LOOK AT THAT. So freaking good.

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One of our last stops in Kyoto was to the Golden Palace, which is famous because it looks like it is floating on the lake. We got really lucky because it was cloudy for most of the day, but we got a few minutes of sun when we arrived!

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I mean, check that out. And below is the back of the Golden Temple, which was also pretty.

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Around the same grounds is a Zen Garden, which was fun to walk around.

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And some fun drinks from Kyoto. I didn’t mention it in the last post, but the vending machines in Japan are incredible. They have vending machines for both cold and hot drinks (I got a hot chocolate from the hot drink vending machine!), cute snacks, and best of all, everything tastes so good. Everything in Japan is engineered so thoroughly and thoughtfully.

After our time in Kyoto, we headed back up to Tokyo for a few days. I included what we did for the last few days in my previous post, which was the Place of 1,000 Buddhas. I loved our time in Japan, and again, I feel so lucky that we were able to go over our Thanksgiving break.

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