Dates: 28 Mar
I took the Shinkansen from Tokyo mid morning to ensure I had as much time in Kyoto as I could due to only having two nights booked here as I was on limited time using my JR Pass. After arriving in the early afternoon I made the Gion District my first stop, my Airbnb was minutes walk away from the area so it was a convenient place to start my exploration of Kyoto without having to travel any more than I already had done.
The Gion District is basically the old town of Kyoto, full of traditional style buildings and Japanese girls walking around wearing beautiful Kimonos. This is a far cry away from the bustling metropolis that is Tokyo, and even though is it still bursting with tourists (including many Japanese tourists, not just us Gaijins) you’re still surrounded with history & culture.
I walked around Gion with no real aim, just wandering around making sure to cover all the streets there. I found this was a good way to do it as if you head straight for a specific part then you could miss some of the amazing backstreets along the way. This is another area on my travels I could have walked around for days and not get bored, and have new photos to take every day.