Japan Day 3 – Kyoto


Have you heard of Kyoto is amazing? It seems like it’s one of the best place in Kansai and indeed, I love this city!! It’s a very small city but the place is really nice. I went to Kyoto for 1 day trip which is totally not enough to discover the city, but since Kyoto station is just one hour away from Osaka station, you don’t have to purposely move all the way from Osaka  to Kyoto for 2 nights stay, with the magical JR West Rail Pass, you can make a separate 2 days trip to Kyoto!!

Upon arrival in Kyoto station, again remember to look for tourist center, Kansari area tourist center is amazing, they’ll usually have 3 counters which provide 3 different languages: English, Chinese & Korean. Grab a map and ask for the best way to tour Kyoto!!


A Kyoto City Bus One Day Pass is what I get for my 1 day trip. With just $500yen, you can hop on and off for all they city buses.

Here’s an overall 1 day trip:

  • 10:30am: Head up to Kiyomizu-dera Temple (10min walk from Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 100 or 206 from Kyoto Station). Sure, it’s mercantile and touristy, but it’s also beautiful and it’s got a great view over the city. By going early, you’ll beat the daily crowds. Whatever you do, don’t forget to enter the subterranean Tainai-Meguri.



  • 12:30pm: Walk through Chion-in Temple but don’t linger, since it’s under construction.


  • 1:00pm: Enter Shoren-in Temple and enjoy a cup of tea overlooking the garden.
  • 2:00pm: Have lunch at Kyoto downtown – Nishiki Market.


Basically, these are some of the best places you can cover in 1 day, even better if you’re coming for 2nd day, you’ll be more familiar with the bus route and you get to discover the city a bit more.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Isaac Tan says:

    kyoto, my dream destination, haven’t been there yet. Bring me along!

  2. Mable Seah says:

    Okay, now I’m having another guide/reference for it. I’m going next year! Thanks for sharing yo.

    1. You’re welcome Mable Seah. ☺️

  3. Shin May says:

    I’m dilemma whether wanna go there or not from Tokyo ~ I wish to go kyoto , osaka and nara too~ huhu

    1. If you have more times then should just go la, but if limited time then better just stay in Tokyo leh~

  4. Emily says:

    Don’t you wish you had more time to spend in Kyoto. I would want at least 3 days there or I’d come home regretful.

    1. Yeesss!! I’m kinda regret why don’t I stay at least one night in Kyoto…T.T

  5. oh wow… what an awesome trip… I want to go there too and will save my money like how you do it… hehehe

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