Photos Around Kyoto Travel

It’s hard to say which day of my Japan trip was the busiest, but the full day I spent in Kyoto is definitely up there. After seeing Fushimi Inari the night before…

It’s hard to say which day of my Japan trip was the busiest, but the full day I spent in Kyoto is definitely up there. After seeing Fushimi Inari the night before, and Kiyomizudera that day already, I had already seen two of Kyoto’s most famous landmarks. But there was still plenty more I managed to pack into the day. This post will go through a few of the temples and shrines I saw as well as some general wandering the streets while going from place to place.

Kyoto shop

At the first temple I visited, I started talking with someone from Hong Kong who was also there alone. We ended up hanging out for the entire day and along with that, I got my photo taken more rather than just the landscape shots I had been taking.

Kyoto streets

Temple in Kyoto

I actually don’t know what this structure is, as it wasn’t one of the temples or shrines I had on my list to visit, it was just one I happened to pass by. If anyone knows, let me know in the comments.

Yasaka Shrine Entrance

This is the entrance to Yasaka Shrine, another one of the most popular shrines in Kyoto. It is well known for Gion Matsuri, a festival during the summer.

Yasaka Shrine dance stage

In the evening, all of these lamps are lit up. I would have liked to be there at the right time to see it.

Yasaka Shrine

shrine in Kyoto

Pond in Kyoto

Man feeding pigeons in Kyoto

cool statue in Kyoto

Me in Kyoto
Statue in kyoto
small restaurant in Kyoto
We ate lunch at this small restaurant we came across. No other customers were inside but luckily the food ended up being fine.

Nanzen-ji Temple Gateway

This is the entrance gate to Nanzen-ji Temple, one of the most famous Zen Buddhism temples in Japan.

Nanzen-ji Sign

Nanzen-ji Map

Rock garden at Nanzen-ji temple

The famous rock garden was one of the things I wanted to see most, but this section of the temple had a fee to enter. Because I was visiting so many temples and shrines that day and several of them had fees, I decided to pass on entering this part of the temple. You can still look in from outside like the above photo.

outside zen rock garden

Trees and moss in Kyoto

Shrine in Kyoto


cat in Kyoto

On the way to the final temple on our route, we came across a big group of cats that just live outside. There were probably 8 or 10 cats we saw while walking.

Ginkaku-ji Temple

The last temple I saw that day was Ginkaku-ji, a Buddhist Zen temple. It was quite beautiful with the raked gravel and surrounding garden.

raked gravel zen rock garden

Ginkakuji temple

Ginkaku-ji temple

Zen Garden at Ginkakuji temple

Rock Garden at Ginkakuji

temple grounds

small shrine at Ginkakuji

View of Ginkakuji Temple

Me at Ginkakuji Temple

By this time, I was exhausted and it was getting late in the day. But I had managed to see all of the temples and shrines I had planned on seeing that day, which was a nice accomplishment that just required a lot of walking.

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