Kyoto – Gion, Kennin-ji, Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park

Japan is so rich in history and culture, there is just so much to see and understand. One of my aims is to visit and do something new every week, to try and absorb as much as possible. Kyoto is so picturesque, a combination of the historic district, shrines and temples in an urban city backdrop.

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I had lunch on this river side with the buildings, bridges and river. It was so beautiful here :)

kyoto japan

Gion was one of the places that I really wanted to go to, mainly because Memoirs of Geisha by Arthur Golden is one of my favourite books of all time. Gion, the geisha district, is lined with tea houses and restaurants. You really do feel that there is a secret world just right behind those sliding doors.

kyoto japan

Kennin-ji is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, founded in 1202. I was in awe at the attention to detail in every single aspect – I was so at peace just walking through here.

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Yasaka Shrine is a Shinto shrine in the Gion district.

kyoto japan

kyoto japan

Omikuji are used to tell your fortune. You shake the box and a stick comes out with a number on it. You go up to the store and you can get your fortune on a piece of paper.

kyoto japan

Some very adventurous ice-cream flavours on offer – brown tea, green tea and tofu.

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My tofu ice-cream! Sadly, it tasted like watered down vanilla ice-cream :S

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