Ahhhhhhhhhhh Kyoto. Feel your body relax just saying the name.
When you think of Japan, you probably think of something hi-tech or cutting edge, and sooo many people it stresses you out. Try to re-wire your brain, and just think of Kyoto. It's a large city, but a peaceful one, where everyone rides bikes everywhere (it's quite flat so it's super easy! And you can ride on the sidewalk so there's no fear of getting hit by a car), there's temples everywhere you look, and bookshops, cute cafe's and wine bars with fascinating stories to tell. Kyoto has an energy I didn't expect to find in Japan. It's mellow vibe is definitely something I could jive to. There was definitely a cool nightlife scene there too, but we didn't venture much beyond a cool jazzy wine bar, and a Beatles bar, which is fine by me!
Some highlights include:
- Riding our rented bikes down the Philosopher's Path, where we got to check out a bunch of cool temples, restaurants and shops along the way.
- Trying some delicious Ramen and Sushi and connecting with our awesome waitress that spoke perfect spanish!
- Zen-ing out with our amazing yoga instructor Mark Shvemia (who translated our entire class) at Studio Bindu.
- Discovering the most adorable coffee shops, such as Cafe Bibliotic Hello!
- Asking for a restaurant recommendation and getting WALKED right up to the door to an amazing sushi conveyor belt restaurant.
- Making friends that don't speak english via Beatles songs in a cute Omiya Dori izakaya.
- From these friends' recommendation, visiting Lennon Bar.
- Meeting up with some lovely Bostonian Bros walking along the Fushimi Inari Shrine! (we met up with them again later in Tokyo!)