Kyoto was one of the first places I wanted to visit after moving to Japan. The city is full of so much history and beauty (like many other cities in Japan of course!) with an abundance of places to see. Kyoto was only about a 5 hour drive from Iwakuni and we stayed in an Airbnb right in the center of the city.
Although we were only there for 4 days, we had the chance to visit a lot of places and did a TON of walking, which, in my opinion, is the best way to explore a new area. We did much more than what’s included on the list below and still have more to see next time we come back!
So, here were my favorite places I visited on my first trip to Kyoto:
1. Arashiyama (Bamboo Forest)
A friend told us to try to get to the bamboo forest early, since it is a huge tourist destination, so we arrived around 7:30 am and luckily there were only a couple other people there and we were able to get some awesome people-free photographs of the forest!
2. Fushimi Inari-taisha
3. Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
4. Nishiki Market
5. Vegan restaurants!
Unfortunately, Iwakuni does not have many good vegan restaurant options, but Kyoto had a lot! We went to 4 different vegan friendly restaurants that were all unique and super delicious.