I mentioned yesterday that the second day was the most fun and thats because…
We rented bikes! Riding this rickety old bike around Kyoto was probably one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done in a while! It was a little nerve wracking riding on the left side of the rode, with the cars, with no helmets, and a bike that was in fairly bad shape—but it was pretty thrilling too. I highly recommend you do this if you come here. Our hostel rented them out for 500yen ($5) a day. I just learned that you can rent bikes in Tokyo for $5 a week too!
^Kiyomizudera. This is the one place in Kyoto from my daytrip two years ago that really stuck out in my head – and I liked it just as much this time. Its very touristy but the temples right in the forest are gorgeous and the souvenir town nearby is really fun to walk through.
We stopped for a snack at a little restaurant that seemed to be inside the temple grounds, before heading back to the busy street area.
Isn’t this area charming?
After Kiyomizudera we rode to Ginkakuji – the Silver Pavilion. Since it was undergoing renovations we decided not to pay to see it and L used her saved money to buy a cream puff even though she was most definitely not hungry. : )
Then we rode around the Imperial Palace before heading back to the Nishiki Market area..
A perfect day!
Have you been to Kyoto or thought about going? Its quite different from Tokyo so it was nice to have that experience.
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