Activities

  1. Fushimi Inari
  2. Kinkakuji
  3. Nijo Castle
  4. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
  5. Philosopher’s Path  (Ginkakuji to Honen-in to shops to Eikando to Konchi-in)
  6. Kyoto Imperial Palace
  7. Kiyomizu Temple
  8. Eikando
  9. Heian Temple (near massive tori gate, beautiful garden and matcha)
  10. Ginkakuji Temple
  11. Nishiki Market (Snoopy Chaya)
  12. Suzukishofudo–giftshop along the Philosopher’s Path
  13. Gion
  14. Ghibli Store

Food

  1. Pontocho Yakuzen Curry
  2. Pomme–bakery along the Philosopher’s Path
  3. Quatre Saisons Boulangerie
  4. Ginkakuji Fumiya (best onigiri!)
  5. Hanamichi–great okonomiyaki in Gion
  6. Arabica %–coffee shop with the best view
  7. Vermillion
  8. Kendonya–udon

Nightlife 

  1. Hello Dolly
  2. Nakanishi–Russian vodka bar
  3. Arcades

Stay

  1. Guesthouse Soi–nice, affordable guesthouse near Kiyomizu
  2. Kyoto Yu-yuan–bare, bare bones “capsule” hotel. Don’t really recommend, but it’s an option if you’re on a tight budget

Daytrips

  1. Nara
  2. Osaka
  3. Arashiyama
  4. Himeji
  5. Kobe

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