After flying in, settling into our hostel and exploring a bit of Osaka on our first day. Our second was spent in Kyoto wearing kimonos. We rented them online and decided it would be perfect to wear kimonos in Higashiyama, the historic district of Kyoto. Sadly it rained… and we tried to savor as much as I could of our time in kimonos, so there aren’t many great camera photos from some of the places (*cough Kiyomizudera cough*), but I’ll add some iPhone photos to make up for it.
Anyways, that day we walked along the historical district to Kiyomizudera Temple, Yasaka Koshin-do, Ryozen Kannon, and Kodai-ji Temple. We also experienced a traditional tea ceremony. So get ready for a HEAVY dose of Kyoto photos… Enjoy!!
First stop… Kimono shop!
And yes, we later realized that we forgot to go up to the actual temple to see the magnificent view!! But since it started raining harder we decided to go back to the main road and shelter at the % Arabica coffee shop.
No visit to Higashiyama is complete without a stop at % Arabica, Japan’s most hipster coffee shop!
This is another must-do in Kyoto!! Cannot recommend Camellia enough.
Here’s a map with all of the places we visited in the area and some extras: