Kyoto | Japan Itinerary
where we stayed
Cross Hotel Kyoto—
Modern, clean, great amenities, and in a great location! Excellent value and highly recommend.
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.
We enjoyed the poetic views of the Shirakawa Canal from our balcony.
Excellent coffee. Roasts their own beans. Tucked away in the back of a small parking lot. Standing room only
Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka—
A taste of Old Kyoto. Two pedestrian-only streets lined with wooden storefronts and restaurants.
Yasaka Pagoda (Hokanji Temple)—
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.
Excellent lattes but roasts are definitely on the darker side.
Ishibekoji Alley & Nene Nomichi—
Another pair of well-preserved historical alleyways.
Kisshokaryo Gion Honten—
Dessert cafe. Must try the warabi mochi and parfaits
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.
Fushimi Inari Shrine—
Secret Bamboo Forest at Fushimi Inari—
All the mochi
All the street food