Kyoto // Temple Grove

Kyoto was the capital of Japan. It remained that way under the shogun rule until the power returned to the emperor and they moved the capital to Edo–now Tokyo.  To me, it sounds funny because the Japanese were probably wondering what to name their new capital… And they totally decided to invert the two syllables. Creative, but catchy.  (¬‿¬ )

Going to Kyoto from Osaka took a few hours. Luckily our hotel was right across the train station, so traveling to get our stuff was a breeze. Our Kyoto walk took us only an entire day though. We only explored  Arashiyama and Gion District, so that was enough before we left for Tokyo.

We had a very holy morning. Our itinerary consisted of temples, and a long, long walk towards nothing but bamboos. But Kyoto always holds a special place in my memories, because it’s where I experienced my first snowfall! The snow was pretty mild, but my tropical ass was stoked to have tiny flakes on my jacket. The only regret I ever had was not purchasing a basic lens filter to protect my lens… And the snow permanently got stuck on my lens :<). But otherwise, my first winter experience was surreal!

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