Sep 24, 2013

The Heart of Kyoto

Today was predicted to be hot, so I stuck with light, airy fabrics and some of my favorite accessories from Pinkyotto. I'm loving their new Fall designs, so definitely check out their new collection!


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My first stop of the day was to Kiyomizu-Dera, which is a Buddhist Temple towards the outskirts of Kyoto. I took the City Bus to Gojozaka, and from there it is about a 15 minute uphill trek to the temple. I chose to go up the direction of the cemetery, which is the road less traveled, so to speak. I recommend going that way to start and then going down the main path to pick up a quick snack before your next stop. Once at the top, there were several different buildings, including the bell tower, three storied pagoda, and my favorite, the Kaizan-do Hall.

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Deva Gate at the entrance of the temple.

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Bell Tower 
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Kaizan-do Hall


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As I was walking to my next destination, I just quickly looked to the right and manged to capture a glimpse of the Yasaka Pagoda. This brief moment of luck is just a testament to the fact that history is around every corner in Kyoto. When you first arrive, there is the temptation to be discouraged because you are surrounded by modern architecture and neon signs, but once you do a little exploring, Kyoto's rich history starts to slowly reveal itself. 

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The Yasaka Shrine, which is a Shinto shrine in the Gion district of Kyoto, was the next stop. This is definitely one of the more popular shrines in the city. The air was full of sounds of the bells ringing after many people paid their respects by making an offering (saisen) to the kami

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The lanterns over the stage are the names of those who sponsor the festival every New Year.


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Tonight is my last night in Kyoto and then it is back to the Conrad Hotel in Tokyo for one final night in Japan before I head off to Seoul.

Gt the Look: Necklace, Pinkyotto // Tank, Forever 21 // Cropped Pants, Pinkyotto // Belt, Pinkyotto // Shoes, Via Spiga


  1. Love the necklace! Would you like to follow each other? xx

    1. Thank you and of course! Just followed you on Bloglovin' :)

      xo Regan

  2. Amazing pictures and love your outfit

    Greetings from London,