My second visit to Kyoto was like arriving upon a dream. I had been there over five years ago with my aunt and since that time I have changed a great deal but when I got off the train at Kyoto Station and started our journey I realized just how timeless Kyoto was.
It’s like stepping back in time, something Kyoto’s known for, but for me it was stepping back into a memory. A memory where I was an eager 18 year old who had been dreaming of Japan since my fourth grade geography class. The geishas, the samurai, the honour and valour, the food and the culture.. Who knew then that I would one day come back here? I mean I always planned on coming back but sometimes things don’t seem like they’re going to happen until they do. Ya know?
So when we got to the Kinkaku-ji and I saw the beautiful temple standing before me, exactly the same with only the seasons being different, I was overcome with a calmness that makes you feel like you’ve come home.
I believe we leave pieces of our hearts where ever we go. I don’t think we mean to but when you find something you love, even if it’s only a moment, we leave a piece of us behind so that one day we can hope to find it again. To remember it by. That day I got to have a piece of my heart back, momentarily, before leaving it behind again.
Kind of poetic right?
But for me this trip was different. While I had been to Japan before and got to experience and see all these amazing things, it was Aaron’s first trip. I got to experience everything all over again in a new light. I didn’t mind reliving these experiences. It’s funny when you stop watching what you’ve come for and start watching who you came with. To see them just as happy as you were on your first trip.
I think they best way to experience 2 days in Kyoto is to map out where you want to go and just let the wind take you. It’s hard to see all of Kyoto in such short time and it can be overwhelming on which temples to see. Here are my must sees on such a short trip to Kyoto
The temples I recommend are:
-Fushimi Inari Shrines
-Arashiyama and Sagano District- visit the Bamboo Forest. Early morning is best to visit the forest as it will be busy later on and continue though out the night.
-Gion District. I think this doesn’t need an explanation as to why it is a must do but just incase you were undecided take a quick trip there. The district is small and can be busy but it really is a beautiful and timeless place. You also up your chances on seeing a Geisha. I know people say you probably won’t see a geisha but on my first trip I saw three and a Maiko (Geisha in training).
Have you ever been to Kyoto? What temples would you recommend? And have you ever left you heart somewhere?