Our second day in Japan was spent by touring the beautiful city of Kyoto. Initially, we planned on spending the day at Nara first but when the Nara tour did not match our schedule, we hopped on the train to Kyoto instead. We went to three places - Fushimi Inari, Bamboo Grove and Kiyomizu Temple. All the places we visited are so incredibly beautiful!
Our first stop was the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The place was brimming with tourists!
This shrine is famous for having a thousand Torii Gates. It was also a shoot location for Memoirs of Geisha.
First few signs of spring!
Walking through the many Torii Gates was an enchanted experience. I can just imagine this place during off season, must be so serene.
It was extremely hard to get decent pictures because the amount of people touring place was crazyyyy!
Our next stop was Bamboo Grove. Discovered this through a blog and I was intrigued by it that's why I requested we visit the place.
I've read so many good reviews about Bamboo Grove but honestly, I didn't get to enjoy it as much because there were just simply too many people. It was a long stretch simply full of towering Bamboo trees. Though I can imagine how nice it would be if it wasn't too crowded.
My first glorious taste of Matcha Ice Cream!!!! It has never been the same since then!
Right outside Bamboo Grove are food and dainty souvenir shops.
We then went to Kyoto Station (aka the station with intricate details) for our last stop.
Kiyomizu Temple is UNESCO World Heritage Site. Like Fushimi Inari, the place was full of tourists. There was a part on the way up that we literally had to walk shoulder to shoulder with strangers.
This is place is probably the BEST view for Cherry Blossoms! The highest point of the temple overlooks a hundred or so Cherry Blossom trees.
Kawaii girls in their yukata.
Imagine how amazing this place is when all the trees are in full bloom!
Fun fact: There is not a single nail used in this structure. It's kind of mind blowing.
Next stop, Rinku!