01 Jun A Photo Essay: Kyoto, Japan
While I loved the gigantic city of Tokyo and the tiny village of Shibu Onsen, Kyoto seemed to have the best of both worlds. It was still a larger city with all the fancy, modern conveniences, but the historic, small town charm was also abundant. I found it to be the perfect mix and a wonderful balance.
The hotel we stayed at in Kyoto, Hotel Grand Bach Kyoto, was one of our favorites from the entire trip–besides the super tiny rooms that are standard in Japan, it was affordable, in a great location, the room was nice, they had an onsen, and the shower was absolutely amazing! Seriously…I think it was one of the craziest showers I’ve ever seen. It had like 12 shower heads in every direction and it was so relaxing. But, enough about that.
We spent our two days in the city enjoying history at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and Temples, participating in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, wandering through the Tori Gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, searching for Geishas, walking the streets of Gion, sampling sushi from a rotating conveyer belt, and slurping up my newest obsession: Ichiran Ramen. Here’s a peek into our time in the wonderful city of Kyoto!