Kyoto, literally the “capital city” is located in central Japan close to Osaka. It actually was the capital city until 1868 before Tokyo. Kyoto is a charming mid-size city with 1.5 million inhabitants; it is considered the cultural capital of Japan. With 2000 temples, it is also said to have the highest temple density in Japan.
Kyoto is a very pleasant city to walk, but this tour can be fairly long. You will find bikes to rent in many places, do not hesitate to do so even if you might occasionally have to walk by your bike.
1. The philosopher’s path and the parks
Start the day at Konchi-in temple (close to the Westin hotel), visit the park and enjoy the peaceful environment of the temples. A prelude to what comes next: the philosopher’s path, a wonderful walk a long a small canal will take you for a mile to the northern part of the city. Then walk down west to the river along Imadegawa Dori street until your reach the river bank, cross over and walk towards the park of the emperor’s palace.
2. The river bank and the Gion area
Walk out of the park and reach out to the riverbank, cross over and enjoy the sight of the river until your come close to the Gion area. Engage into the narrow streets and walk up the river stream. What a wonderful quarter of small wooden houses where Geishas still entertain.
3. Chayacho and the Shichi-jo Dori temple area
Go back to the river and one metro stop down from Gion stop you will come to Kiyomizu, there walk over to Chayacho restaurant area and further to the Shichi-jo Dori temple area. This is the place of another amazing group of temples worth visiting. Then go for dinner in Chayacho as you must be dying for food at this point.
Enjoy the day…