Confession: I never thought it was physically possible for me to walk as much as I did in Kyoto. While the city bus is probably the most convenient method of transport, walking between certain attractions is totally doable and definitely has its perks. For one, it means you can discover the little things you wouldn’t otherwise. In particular, the Gion area has countless walkways to eat, shop and explore your way through. Not to mention, if you’re anything like me you’ll be stopping every five seconds to take photos!
My friend and I decided to try out these tofu and pork buns while we were strolling around, and they were piping hot! There was definitely no shortage of treats to choose from though; Kyoto is a city famous for its traditional crafts and handmade sweets.
Without even planning it, my friend and I found ourselves at Heian Shrine (平安神宮) after a lot of wandering through Kyoto’s tiny backstreets. The place gave me some serious palace vibes, and for a pretty good reason too! Apparently the buildings are actually modelled after Kyoto Imperial Palace, so the architecture mirrors the style of the 11th-12th century.
Lucky for us there happened to be some sort of lantern performance outside the shrine’s entrance, even though they’re usually reserved for Gion Matsuri. Passersby were even invited to take pictures with them while they were being suspended, haha!