Captivated by Kyoto: 28 Photos

It’s easy to see why Kyoto is considered the cultural capital of Japan; it’s a thoughtful blend of tradition and modernity with temples galore, immaculate zen gardens, hearty views of nature, and glimpses of geishas. With almost 1.5 million people, it’s not a small city, and yet it’s peaceful, quaint, and homey.

Here are 28 pictures that capture Kyoto’s charm:

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Kyoto

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Kyoto

Kyoto

Kinkakuji.

Taking in the gold sheen of Kinkakuji temple and its reflection: 

Kinkakuji Temple Kyoto

Kinkakuji Gold Temple Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Getting lost in a sea of vibrant orange toriis: 

Fushimi Inari

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Fushimi Inari

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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

Listening to the calming rustle of Bamboo trees in the wind:

Arashiyama bamboo forest

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Arashiyama bamboo forest

Arashiyama bamboo forest

Hozu River.

Watching small wooden boats glide down the Hozu River at Arashiyama:

Hozu River Japan

Hozu River Kyoto

Ginkakuji.

Absorbing the zen-ness of the landscape at Ginkakuji Temple: 

Ginkakuji Temple

Ginkakuji Temple Kyoto

Ginkakuji temple

Ryoanji Zen Garden.

Contemplating the meaning of life at this famous, dry zen garden: 

Ryoanji zen garden

Ryoanji zen garden

Satisfied.

After visiting a city as soothing and aesthetically satisfying as Kyoto, you can’t help but leave with a smile on your face:

Happy man in Japan

13 COMMENTS

  1. Napper Curley | 27th Feb 15

    Loved the pictures! Took my Friday morning to higher level!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 7th Mar 15

      Thank you Napper! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  2. SLioy | 5th Mar 15

    I like Fushimi Inari soooo much – it was such a good place just to wander through the woods and the tori for a few hours. Those zen gardens really resonated with me too, though I don’t remember having encountered quite so many other tourists while I was there. Hopefully that didn’t disturb the peace of the experience?

    • Words of a Wanderer | 7th Mar 15

      I LOVEDDDD Fushimi Inari too!!!! So at the zen gardens maybe there was more tourists because I went right around Christmas and New Years! Popular time to visit! It wasn’t overwhelming thought….still didn’t feel as ‘touristy’ as other places get in their peak seasons. What time of year did you visit?

      • Words of a Wanderer | 7th Mar 15

        EXCEPT at Ginkakuji.. that was out of control!

  3. Jessica (Barcelona Blonde) | 6th Mar 15

    Wow, Kyoto is gorgeous! I had no idea. I especially love your photos of Ginkakuji Temple. I definitely get the peaceful vibe you mentioned from your pictures.

    • Words of a Wanderer | 7th Mar 15

      Thank you!! Yes, I was pleasantly surprised myself! I had no idea it would be so peaceful for such a big city. Ginkakuji was beautiful, but when I visited (around Christmas time) it was definitely the busiest & most touristy place.

  4. Bianca Malata (@ItsAllBee) | 8th Mar 15

    Oh my that last pictures looks almost real. That smile almost looks like a real person, just painted.

    • Words of a Wanderer | 10th Mar 15

      haha! Yes, I found him quite intriguing 🙂

  5. Paper Planes and Caramel Waffles | 9th Mar 15

    Just reading and looking at the pictures in this post made me feel all calm and peaceful. Japan has never been high on my travel bucketlist for some reason but maybe that should change! I like the look of the zen garden, it must be so calming being there!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 10th Mar 15

      Honestly, Japan had never been my top destination either, but I found it to be FASCINATING!! I loved the zen gardens… they really are so peaceful and calming!

  6. Andreja Jernejčič | 9th Mar 15

    Great photo gallery, I have never been to Japan, it looks like another world to me!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 10th Mar 15

      Thank you! It is another world!!… a very unique one at that 🙂

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