One of the most popular and densely packed streets is Kiyamachi-dori where you’ll find heaps of great value bars (izakayas), pubs and clubs. It’s a pretty young scene – mostly students and tourists – but unintimidating and laid back.
Saiho-ji, more commonly known as Koke-dera (Moss temple), is one of Kyoto’s unique treasures and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for its expansive moss garden, which is believed to contain as many as 120 different varieties of moss, a visit to Koke-dera offers an experience that cannot be obtained at any of Kyoto’s other temples.
UNESCO recognises and protects the world’s most significant and valuable cultural and natural sites by designating them ‘world heritage’. There are currently 17 world heritage sites in Kyoto alone: 13 Buddhist temples, 3 Shinto shrines and Nijo Castle.
You can see many of Kyoto’s sights for free and, if you know where to look, grab a few free snacks into the bargain. If you are traveling outside Kyoto, pre-purchase a Japan Rail Pass to save you a heap on public transport too!
All Japanese food is not the same! Each region of Japan is famous for producing its own specialties, depending on its access to fresh water, good soil and the ocean. Thanks to its fertile plains, Kyoto is well known for producing good quality vegetables and some of the world’s best tofu – good news for vegetarians!