Our second stop in Japan was Kyoto, where we stayed for one night at Hostel Khaosan Kyoto Theater. We agreed that this was definitely not long enough – there is so much to see in this area! We managed to cover several shrines/temples, including Ginkakuji Temple, Eikando Zenrin-Ji Temple and Nijo Castle, and the peaceful ‘Philosopher’s Path’.
We also fitted in a visit to the Iwatayama Monkey Park which had AMAZING views from Mt Arashiyama, and the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Grove before getting the train to our next destination: Hakone. My favourite parts of these locations were the stunning gardens and forests; we were lucky in that there were barely any other people in the temples and gardens so it was really peaceful. The bamboo forest, however, was unfortunately very busy and touristy, but it was still so worth it!
A really lovely albeit short stay in Kyoto. Our next stop was Hakone.