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A Thousand Gates

A popular place to visit in Kyoto is the Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine which consists of thousands torii gates. If visiting this shrine be prepared for the long walk.


The Kiyomizu-Dera temple is one of Japan’s most iconic image, a place I see advertised and printed in many tourism related media. Visiting the temple was awesome the views and landscape look incredible. Unfortunately when I visited the main building (below) was under renovation and was covered in scaffolding. Nonetheless I want to show one photo of the main building in its normal state. .

Kiyomizu-dera Temple Photo by Jordy Meow

Apart from the main building exploring the rest of the place was incredible. Although it rained, it added a lot of character to the place.

Geisha Traditions

One of Japan’s unique cultural traditions is preserved here in the streets of Gion. With excited tourists flocking the streets the Geishas are protected and there are strict rules here, touching or taking a photo of the Geishas are frowned upon.

A Market to Visit

A place to visit if you want to grab a bite or get away from temples and shrines is Nishiki Market.

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— Anthony Bourdain

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