The 23 pictures which will make you want to visit Kyoto

When I first got off the Shinkansen at the Kyoto station, I thought I might have ended up in the wrong city. The train station building itself is the second largest in Japan, being 15 stories tall. Everywhere you look you can see modern department stores, expensive shops, restaurants and dessert shops. The train station it's like a maze where I got lost on countless occasions. What better place to get lost than in a gigantic mall? 

But where was the old Japan everyone was talking about? I expected a small train platform in the middle of a road dotted with wooden houses and winding streets taking me through old districts. In the midst of it all, I couldn't make any sense of how Kyoto was a cosmopolitan city with a large subway system and modern shops. But the more you look, the more you observe. Kyoto is an intriguing city with secrets up its sleeve at every corner. Look closely and you will see the old elements of zen everywhere around you. Behind the large shopping malls, there are networks of narrow streets, waiting for passers-by to marvel at, and explore the unexplored.

Of course, the old Kyoto everyone is so in awe with, can mostly be observed and experienced in Gion, as well as at the Arashiyama and the Fushimi Inari Taisha. Beyond the tourist attractions, there is a quiet, unexplored Kyoto, with a winding path taking you into the mountains, and towards the deepest forests and most forgotten temples. Needless to say, I stumbled across old Kyoto by complete coincidence, just as I stopped looking. 

I spent several days in Kyoto and loved every second of it. Kyoto is the zen antidote to Tokyo's madness but despite my love for zen gardens, temples and shrines, my heart remains forever in Japan's futuristic capital. Let me take you on a journey around Kyoto and show some amazing pictures of this city, which will make you want to fly there tomorrow. 

What do you think? Would you love to visit Kyoto? Tell me about your Kyoto adventures in the comments section below. 

Yasaka Shrine Entrance Kyoto

Maple Carpet Kyoto

Murayama Park Pond Kyoto

Maple Leaves Kyoto

Maruyama Park Kyoto

Cory Kyoto Mountain

Kyoto Botanical Garden

Kyoto Japanese Cake

Kyoto machiya

Kyoto Mountain View

Kyoto Small Streets

Matcha Latte Kyoto

Moss Garden Kyoto

View Kyoto Temple

Cory Kyoto

Aubergine Miso Kyoto

Beautiful Packaging Kyoto

Matcha Biscuits Kyoto

Bamboo Grooves Kyoto

Sunset Shrine Kyoto

Waterfall Kyoto Japan

Zen Garden Rocks Kyoto Japan

Cory Kyoto Arashiyama

Kyoto Mountains View

Fushimi Inari Taisha Charm Writing

Fushimi Inari Forest Mountain

Fushimi Inari Taisha Lake

Fushimi Inari Taisha Red Scarf

Japan Guide Fushimi Inari Shrine Ema Wooden Plaque

Japan Bamboo Forest Girl Cory

Cory Arashiyama Kyoto Japan

Matcha Ice Cream

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Great site, I have read a bunch of your stuff. For this section it would be awesome if you gave a brief description of where you took the pictures. Thank you for all the awesome info!

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