Ettie Kim




Kyoto | Japan Itinerary

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where we stayed


Cross Hotel Kyoto—

Modern, clean, great amenities, and in a great location! Excellent value and highly recommend.

Shiraume Ryokan—

Located on the Shimbashi, one of the most picturesque and historical streets in Gion, this ryokan provided the most unique accommodation experience we’ve ever had. Originally an ochaya, a place where maikos and geishas lived and worked during the late Edo period, this ryokan transported us into the past during our stay but had ample modern amenities to remind us we were still living in 2019.

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We enjoyed the poetic views of the Shirakawa Canal from our balcony.




Weekenders Coffee—

Excellent coffee. Roasts their own beans. Tucked away in the back of a small parking lot. Standing room only

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Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka—

A taste of Old Kyoto. Two pedestrian-only streets lined with wooden storefronts and restaurants.

Yasaka Pagoda (Hokanji Temple)—

View of Yasaka shrine from Ninenzaka street

View of Yasaka shrine from Ninenzaka street


Kongoji (Yasaka Kōshindō) Temple—

A smaller but eye-catching temple. Worshipers write their wishes on colorful balls called kukurizaru and hang them at the site.

Kongoji Temple

Kongoji Temple


Excellent lattes but roasts are definitely on the darker side.



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Ishibekoji Alley & Nene Nomichi—

Another pair of well-preserved historical alleyways.

Kisshokaryo Gion Honten—

Dessert cafe. Must try the warabi mochi and parfaits

Tatsumi Bridge—

Tatsumi Bridge

Tatsumi Bridge

L is wearing a Herschel fanny pack and Adidas ultraboosts.

Menbaka Fire Ramen—

Excellent service and delicious ramen. If you followed my Instastories during our travels, you probably saw the video of us in the restaurant sitting with looks of both terror and anticipation as the workers at Menbaka lit our ramen bowls aflame. Yes it’s a little gimmicky, but the fire adds a unique smoky flavor to the ramen. Highly recommend this spot.

DAY two

Fushimi Inari Shrine—

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Wearing a Nike fanny pack, Mango dress, Gentle Monster Chapssal sunglasses, and OV Clifton sneakers (follow the link to get 20% off your first order at Outdoor Voices!)


Secret Bamboo Forest at Fushimi Inari—

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Demachi Futaba—

All the mochi

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Nishiki Market—

All the street food

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Koe Donuts—

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