Secret Photogenic Spots in Kyoto

Source: j-hoppers

Me and my boyfriend got to try Kimono experience the other day – what is Kimono experience? Basically you rent a kimono from a shop which shop keepers help you choosing the Kimono and some other items like bag, sandals and so on, and also help you to do fancy hairstyle or even makeup! And you can stroll around Kyoto and take photos here and there.

Our question was “where are the good spots to go without massive crowd?” – we don’t like busy places like Fushimi-inari, Arashiyama, Kiyomizu-temple or Yasaka shrine…

We did some research on photogenic places with not much tourist and we found some places, and wanted to share them with you if you like off-the-beaten-path or wanna avoid crowds.

First spot we went was Sanjo bridge after we got off Keihan train – wait, it’s usually very touristic and busy right? but it’s WINTER. Pretty relaxed.
And we kept walking towards east, to Shirakawa river.
From Shirakawa river around Chion-in temple was so beautiful and once again, no people. We found some random old buildings with white wall, or nice bench along the river.

And we walked towards Tatsumi bridge, one of the most famous wedding photo locations in Kyoto as we knew all the places would be empty. It was nice and again not many people, but we also wanted to go some other deep places…

Ajiki Roji is an alley of Kyoto machiya in Higashiyama that date back at least 100 years to the Taisho Period. After a long period of vacancy, in 2004 the landlady decided to rent out the machiya as homes to young (up to 35 years in age) struggling artisans (everyone must be of different trades); once the tenants become successful in their trade, they move out and yet other young aspiring artisans have their turn. The …continue reading