Day 3 - East and Southern Kyoto
Anyway, one of the more value for money places to stay in Kyoto was Hotel Oaks. With Free Wi-Fi in the lobby. With one more day in Kyoto, we had to make the most of it.
Our first order of the day was food!
Across the hotel was a small shop called Nishinotoin.
There was not much of a crowd there in the morning so it was quite easy to get around
The Yasaka shrine stocks little trinkets or amulets with inscriptions of good luck.
You can choose to buy them as a token.
The Yasaka shrine is also home to some of the famous bells in Kyoto, which ring loudly for special occasions like New Years day.
However, tourists can also come to make a wish and ring the bells for a year of prosperity
It was couple of steps from the station to the temple, not more than 5 mins walk.
The temple is a huge complex of many shrines, which are built higher and higher up the mountain.
While the temple holds many trinkets of small gateways, it probably has as many huge lifesize gateways which some are 3 meters tall.
What is unique about this place is that is has 4km of individual archways painted bright red all the way up to the temple on the mountain.
After a whole day of walking, it is time for some early dinner...
For our last day in Kyoto, we picked a very interesting cuisine. We had a taste of Italian cuisine with a Japanese twist.
The final itenerary for the day was back to Kyoto central station. Next to the station was the tallest building around. The Kyoto tower peaks above the skyline and give you a 360 view of the city.
From up here, we watched the sunset and had some ice cream to enjoy a romantic last day in Kyoto. Next stop Osaka!!
Day 1 - West Kyoto - Arashiyama and the Golden Pavilion