This is my list of the best easy day trips from Kyoto city centre within a reasonable distance for culture lovers and travellers alike. The list includes trips to temples and shrines from Kyoto city centre which require a half-day or full-day visit along with some popular towns on the outskirts of Kyoto.
Entwined in the midst of traditional heritage and modern city life are the longstanding traditional flea markets in Kyoto. Kyoto markets are a true haven for travellers to experience scrumptious street food, sample a selection of fresh and dried pickles, buy ornate souvenirs along with adorable kimono or yukata with pretty footwear — inexpensively.
“Tofu” or bean curd is food made of soy milk, pressed into solid white blocks. Originated in China and was introduced to Japan in the late 8th century, during the Nara period (710-794) by Zen Buddhist monks. It was the luxury food
Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake is a pleasant getaway for cruises, onsen and more from the humdrum of Kyoto city, only minutes away. Read more …
Mount Hiei makes a nice little escape from the maddening crowds of other Kyoto’s main attraction. It is a quiet place and somehow walking in the dense forest of towering cedar trees made me feel good. It was peaceful. There were not many tourists around on a weekday when I visited. I would…
Explore 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 5 other popular attractions in the historical city of Uji in one day using a walking itinerary.
There is so much to do in Kyoto, that any time spent here will have you longing for more. However, if you have only a few days to spend in Kyoto, this guide has the best 5 in Kyoto for the ultimate experience in culture and tradition of Japan