Japan, Kyoto Guide (B): A Peaceful Morning Alone in Kyoto

A Peaceful Morning Alone in Kyoto
Besides visiting the main tourist spots of the city, the old capital of Japan has many temples and shrines unknown for the major part of foreigner visitors. For those visiting for the first time, and with a limited time, there are lots of places to see in one day in Kyoto. As I’ve seen most of the tourist spots, it’s always refreshing to wander an explore around when I have the chance. Kyoto is packed all year round with tourists, yet waking up early and explore the surroundings of the ryokan we stayed was the highlight of the day.

Entrance to Higashi Honganji temple, Kyoto.

Every time I go to Japan, it takes a few nights to get over the jet lag. To me, those early wake up moments are an opportunity to use my time. The moment I open my eyes and see the sun is up, even if it’s 4:30AM, is the moment to get out of the bed. Trying not to disturb my roommates at the Takigawa Ryokan, I took my camera and left the place for a morning walk. Surprisingly, the staff at the ryokan was already preparing breakfast.

Wandering early morning in Kyoto.

To start the day by reading a poem on a billboard in the street, good sign.

Out in the streets, few people was already on their morning routine. Everything starts early in Japan. I left the ryokan without my phone or a map, the more reason to pay attention to everything around. From the day before, I knew that a few blocks on the left was the main street that goes to Kyoto Station, and on the right side, the Kamogawa ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Peaceful Morning Alone in Kyoto
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Kyoto station   Gojo Ohashi bridge   Higashi Honganji   Nishi Honganji  
Author: Josep Bautista
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