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There’s Something About Kyoto, Japan

by Greydy Diaz | 1 week ago

I remember the moment I arrived in Kyoto. The city seemed quiet and I just felt overwhelmed with a sense of peace. Usually, when you’re in a place you’ve never been to that is hardly ever the case. It all made sense when I got there because prior to leaving I remember seeing the word ‘retreat’ when I searched Kyoto. Leaving the hustle and bustle of Japan was refreshing but I didn’t expect to feel the way that I did. Not to mention, it was cherry blossom season.

Kyoto is known for its shrines, temples, gardens, and palaces which I certainly got my fair share of. Even something as simple as a walk in a public park was unusually tranquil. It seemed as if everyone was whispering trying not to disturb anyone else’s peace. Where else does that happen?

To get around, I used the public transportation system which wasn’t difficult to navigate and had my fair share of walking. There were plenty of inclines at every single attraction and I remember having to take many breaks to watch my breath despite being in decent shape.

Here were some of my favorite sites:

  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Nijo Castle
  • Gion Neighborhood
  • Nishiki Market

There’s one place that I regret not having enough time to see and it’s Arashiyama, a bamboo forest. If you have a moment, look it up online. It’s breathtaking.

Prior to my trip to Japan, I knew I couldn’t leave without stopping in Kyoto. It was calling my name and I’m glad that I went with my gut. I think about this place often, mostly when I find myself wanting to be still and meditate.