Landing in Japan was like living in a dream. I departed from London and woke up 18 hours later to an unknown country, thinking, am I really here? Japan was an incredible place to visit, the culture, the history, the people and the food! It’s one of my unforgettable trips. I thought I’d compile a list of things to do if you ever find yourself in Kyoto and have no idea what to do, because that’s kind of what happened to us but we figured it out on the end. Hope this inspires you to take a trip to Japan!
Where to stay
Airbnb – We stayed at an airbnb close to Nishiki Market and the main Kyoto station. We spent around £50 for 2 nights per person (we were 3 people!)
Where to eat
Thanks to Adam Gallagher‘s blog, I discovered this gem of a place, and had an amazing ramen experience. Apparently this place is known as having the ‘best ramen in Kyoto’ so we decided to give it a try. Though I don’t know if it was the best, the Ramen certainly tasted heavenly. It’s in a small corner close to Nishiki market, the best time to go would be between mid-afternoon and evening around 3-4pm as there’s usually a queue.
The previous day I was researching places to eat in Kyoto, and I had seen this option online but I didn’t give it a second thought. Coincidentally we stumbled upon this place and decided to give it a go, and let me tell you, I’ve had one of the best burgers of my life there (regardless of the fact that it was Vegan). Their menu includes a range of Japanese flavoured vegan burgers and vegan fries and honestly, we ate there twice because we loved it so much.
What to Visit
Kinkaku-Ji (The Golden Temple) 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan Kiyomizu-dera 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan A day bus pass in Kyoto costs 500 yen (around £3) which you can use to get around the city easily. If you’re confused use Citymapper or google maps.