Ettie Kim

Blog

BLOG

 

Kyoto | Japan Itinerary

Photo Jul 18, 2 23 47 PM.jpg
Photo Jul 19, 3 35 28 PM.jpg

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.

 
 
Photo Jul 19, 3 42 09 PM.jpg
 
Photo Jul 19, 4 27 49 PM (1).jpg
Photo Jul 19, 9 51 32 AM.jpg
 

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

 

DAY ONE

 

Weekenders Coffee—

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

Photo Jul 20, 12 58 40 PM.jpg
 
 

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

%Arabica—

Excellent lattes but roasts are definitely on the darker side.

%Arabica

%Arabica

 
Photo Jul 20, 2 11 34 PM.jpg
Photo Jul 21, 4 16 44 PM.jpg
 

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

 
Photo Jul 21, 6 36 08 AM.jpg
 
Photo by Ettie Kim
Photo Jul 21, 6 44 24 AM.jpg
 
 

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—

Photo Jul 21, 7 09 46 AM.jpg

Demachi Futaba—

All the mochi

Photo Jul 21, 8 24 59 AM.jpg
Photo Jul 21, 8 28 25 AM (1).jpg

Nishiki Market—

All the street food

 
Photo Jul 20, 12 02 34 PM.jpg
 

Koe Donuts—

Photo Jul 21, 5 18 01 PM.jpg
Photo Jul 21, 5 14 32 PM.jpg
 
TravelEsther Kim