Kyoto is a city with a stunning collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites and is only place in Japan where you can spot geishas. The days I spent in Kyoto make up some of the best memories I have in Japan.
If you can only afford to spend one to two days in Kyoto, these are the top places you should go.
Arashiyama is a district in the outskirts of Kyoto and is a place of scenic beauty. If you are there, take the saga scenic railway or the Hozu River boat ride to see the beautiful Hozu River. I highly recommend the boat ride. If you are going for the train ride (saga scenic railway), you can purchase your tickets in advance in major JR stations.
Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion)
Set against a lush green background, this golden pavilion and its reflection is a real beauty. A trip to Kyoto is never complete without visiting Kinkaku-ji.
Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot a geisha or maiko on their way to an engagement in the evening. There are many interesting shops in Gion and it is a good place for shopping.
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