Kyoto ranks as one of the best places to live in the world. The city’s awe-inspiring history juxtaposes modern amenities in a way that makes visitors want to stay forever.
Shabushabu isn’t just fun to say, it’s also only one of Japan’s most delicious styles of cuisine. Originating in the 13th century, Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire, needed an efficient and energizing way to feed his army. This is how the idea of eating thin slices of beef, cooked in mere seconds in a boiling pot, came to fruition. Not only was the dish filling, satisfying and healthy, but it helped to converse the Mongol army’s limited fuel supply by allowing lots of food to be cooked at once and in a very short amount of time.
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.