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Kyoto – First Impressions

We hardly said goodbye to Tokyo this morning (well, we will be back for a day before we leave Japan, but anyway). The next city is Kyoto and it takes only two hours to reach by Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo. As soon as we arrived in Kyoto, we left our stuff at the hotel and went out to discover this historical city. It felt a bit warmer than Tokyo, but we didn’t care, and just walked around all day. There were beautiful houses, beautiful streets, and beautiful shops just like Tokyo.

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We got a good tip for the evening: to visit Pontocho Street. It is a very narrow street where the two sides of it are full of two-story classical Japanese buildings which are now restaurants and bars. We were unfortunately full for the night, since we had tasted every single snack we saw on the street during the day, but we marked some restaurants in our minds for the following evenings.

Komo River, which goes through the city, had a wonderful view in the evening. We passed through a bridge over the river and came to the region called Gion. It is the region famous for seeing traditional Geishas in the day time, while they are going to their working places.

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