Personally I think Kyoto is the city that shows the best Japan, or how we have it in our imagination. If Tokyo is modernity and Japan is more current, Kyoto is the most ancestral Japan that transports us to the Japanese Middle Age. We have hundreds of places to see, this is just a part of everything we can find in this city
Ponto-chō known for the geishas and we found many geisha houses as well as traditional teahouses.
Known for the preservation of traditional architecture and its many restaurants.
It is a narrow alley that runs parallel to the Kamogawa River, is full of restaurants on both sides that offer a wide range of dining options, on the river side most restaurants have terraces on this.
The Philosopher's Walk or Path of Philosophy is a pedestrian path that follows a canal bordered by hundreds of cherry trees, between Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji. The route receives this name because a twentieth-century Japanese philosopher used it for daily meditation.
Although it takes about 30 minutes to complete the walk, usually to find a series of temples in their journey will take much longer to travel and more if it is in spring when it has all its cherry trees and other trees in bloom.
The aqueduct located in the Nazen-ji precinct is part of the canal, which borders this road.
It is an inclined plane of an old railway line, whose main attraction resides in the cherry trees that border it and that in the time of the Hanami, flowering of the cherry trees, it becomes a tourist attraction for strangers and locals.
In the upper part we can find a car and the boat that were used in this inclined plane.
The place is not very large, so it is impressive the accumulation of pillars with typical Japanese prints, which at night are illuminated.
the small train station, in addition to these famous pillars, simulating a bamboo forest, has another somewhat hidden attraction: as we run the platforms and between the two tracks we found a small shed, with a table semi submerged in water, actually It is about foot baths.
In the offices of the station we can buy some wipes that for a small fee we can stay after using them to dry our feet. Warning, the water is very very hot.
In short, it is a small station very flirtatious and well worth a small stop.
The tram that leaves this station is another attraction to consider, especially in flowering time, as it crosses a tunnel called cherry trees that extend on both sides of the road.
On the way between Arashiyama station and the bamboo forest, we find several temples, which are nothing special, if they deserve a visit.
There are several temples with different buildings and different size, with some gardens very careful as the Tenryu-ji (500 yen visit)
Kyoto Station is the most important transportation hub of the Japanese city of Kyoto and one of the largest in the country.
The building of the station, houses a complex with shopping centers, hotel, cinemas, and several facilities of the town hall.
It is a building with a very modernist roof and will surely be the first Kyoto site that we will visit, not in vain to this station arrive all the shinkansen (Bullet trains) from all over the country and the rest of regional and local trains.
After we meet at our bike location, we take off as a group to our first stop called "Yoshikien", a garden gathering 3 styles Japanese gardens in a unique location; a way to enjoy and rediscover the place at every season. Then, we stop by "Nandaimon gate" to admire the Buddhism style building and walk around the place, petting and feeding the deers.