kyoto on footThursday, October 20, 2016
Confession: I never thought it was physically possible for me to walk as much as I did in Kyoto. While the city bus is probably the most convenient method of transport, walking between certain attractions is totally doable and definitely has its perks. For one, it means you can discover the little things you wouldn't otherwise. In particular, the Gion area has countless walkways to eat, shop and explore your way through. Not to mention, if you're anything like me you'll be stopping every five seconds to take photos!
My friend and I decided to try out these tofu and pork buns while we were strolling around, and they were piping hot! There was definitely no shortage of treats to choose from though; Kyoto is a city famous for its traditional crafts and handmade sweets.
Some of the shrines we visited were so small, I didn't even catch the names of them. And yes, apparently there's a wheel used in Buddhism that has the same name as me! You never know what you'll discover while travelling...
Without even planning it, my friend and I found ourselves at Heian Shrine (平安神宮) after a lot of wandering through Kyoto's tiny backstreets. The place gave me some serious palace vibes, and for a pretty good reason too! Apparently the buildings are actually modelled after Kyoto Imperial Palace, so the architecture mirrors the style of the 11th-12th century.
Lucky for us there happened to be some sort of lantern performance outside the shrine's entrance, even though they're usually reserved for Gion Matsuri. Passersby were even invited to take pictures with them while they were being suspended, haha!
The larger than life torii gates that can be found just outside the shrine. Anyway, while you may think I've already featured most of Kyoto's shrines and temples so far, the truth is you haven't seen anything yet. Until next time!