Kyoto is full of heritage sites, including ancient temples with the iconic Japanese temple architecture one can’t help but picture when envisioning Japan. No visit to the city would be complete without spending time exploring these institutions, most of which are constructed within forests and parks for a peaceful experience. One such temple is the Kiyomizu-dera Temple , a worthwhile addition to any Kyoto itinerary.
The narrow alleyway that is the Pontocho nightlife district in Kyoto comes alive once the sun goes down. Lights from the many tea and Geisha houses flood the alley with warmth. The smell of grilled chicken (yakitori) wafts down the street towards the water. In the warmer months, tables dot the Kamogawa River with patrons ordering sake and beer, while looking out over the water, shimmering in the moonlight.
Unique budget lodging in Kyoto offers visitors a chance to see the quirkier, perhaps stranger (to some) side of the city, while saving money and having great stories and recommendations to share with other travelers.