Red entrance torii gate to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Photo Diary: Exploring Kyoto in 24-Hours

Asia & Oceania

By Natalie Gedeon

Photo Diary: Exploring Kyoto in 24-Hours

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Japan in 2015. With the new year comes excitement for future vacations. Most, if not all, of my friends have been asking me about must-see places and activities based on my recent trip. In order to preserve memories of my travels, I took photos everywhere I went and composed a mini photo diary for each of the major cities, including Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto was one of my favorite cities that I got to visit. While Tokyo is fast-paced and bustling, Kyoto is relaxed and serene. My friend and I had twenty-four hours to see everything on our list and we managed to see it all. Mere words simply can’t do this city justice, so I’ll allow the pictures I took to do most of the talking.

Kiyomizu-dera
Our first day traveling in Kyoto. Walking up to see Kiyomizu-dera.
Sannenzaka Slope
The famous Sannenzaka Slope.
Kiyomizu-dera
We finally made it! At Kiyomizu-dera you drink from one of the three streams of water, which stand for health, longevity, and success in studies.
Studio Ghibli
On our way back down the slope, we stumbled upon an adorable Studio Ghibli store.
Totoro
So much want.
Breakfast
The morning after the hike with a traditional Japanese breakfast.
Day-2
Day two is all about Fushimi-Inari Shrine.
Fortune
Foxes watch over the shrine and we got to design our own for our fortune.
Fushimi-Inari Shrine
I have no words.
Dango
Finishing up the day with some dango before we catch our train.
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Natalie Gedeon

Article by Natalie Gedeon

Natalie is a freelance writer and online creator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her natural habitat, the Bay-Area native spiritedly argues over fictional characters, researches flight price trends for her next adventure, or reads the newest young adult fantasy books in the air-conditioned comfort of a nearby bubble tea café.