Article by: Tenten Sim

Konnichiwa! From spotting a geisha along the Gion street, the beauty of historical architecture to the most exquisite Japanese cuisine and the list goes on.

This is a city where you feel spiritually clean and sense of inner peace, in case you watch KungFu Panda haha! There are just so much things you couldn’t miss in Kyoto!

1- Visit Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion).


Opening hours: 9am-5pm

Admission fees: 400yen

Opens daily unless stated otherwise.

2-Walk like a philosopher on the Philosopher’s walk.

3-Visit the Ginkaku-ji (The Silver Pavilion)

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Opening hours: 8:30am-5pm (9am-4:30pm from Dec to Feb)

Admission fees: 500yen

Opens daily unless stated otherwise.

4-Be in awe of the beauty of Arashiyama
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5-Visit the famous shrine for love luck: Shimogamo Shrine


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Japanese couple having traditional wedding ceremony.


6-Visit Kiyomizudera and stroll along the kiyomizusaka.

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Japanese girls queuing up for famous cream puff in kiyomizusaka.


7-Rent a kimono, act like a geisha and then selfie in Gion old street.

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You can reserve your maiko session at

8-Visit Yasaka Shrine and Jishu shrine.

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9-In Jishu shrine, walk from the love stone till the other side with your eyes closed under your friend guidance.

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10-Visit Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine, the famous scene in Memoirs of a Geisha.



11-Eat matcha ice-cream, matcha cream puff, everything matcha.


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12-Have lunch at Michelin one star Hirokawa Unagi-ya.

13-Eat all the tofu! From silk tofu, sesame tofu to tofu skin sashimi you name it.



14-Lose yourself in the sea of souvenirs.


Personal recommendation: Kyoto Baumkuchen, the perfect blend of Kyoto Uji-matcha and soymilk.


Of course Kyoto has a lot more to offer and the places above are just few of the famous spots. What are you waiting for? Let’s plan your trip to Kyoto!



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