Kyoto has treated me well. Tomorrow I’m saying farewell to this glorious city, and bullet train-ing myself back up to Tokyo for a couple last days in Japan. I’m definitely going to miss it here.
While Tokyo is enormous and overwhelming, Kyoto is walkable and inviting. As soon as I stepped out of the train station and made my way along the narrow streets to my temporary apartment, I knew I would love this place. There’s a Japanese old world charm here that blends almost seamlessly with our modern fast culture. I find the juxtaposition of iPhones, kimonos, Starbucks, and ancient shrines exciting and humbling at the same time. Wherever you go traditional Japanese and buddhist culture are there. I’m mesmerized by the magical alleys only wide enough for 2 people to fit through, and the shrines occupying space between apartment buildings. Perhaps I’m most excited by the abundance of mochi (a heavenly rice cake that’s been around for over 1 thousand years) sold on every street.
In my week spent in Kyoto my favorite part has been my two trips to Arashiyama––which you’ll see in the video below!