Exploring Kyoto’s Kitchen – Nishiki Market 京都的廚房錦市場

The Nishiki Market is a five block traditional market known as Kyoto’s kitchen. It’s best to go there hungry for street foods. It’s also a good souvenir shopping spot.

錦市場是個五條街區長的傳統市場,號稱是京都的廚房,很適合一路吃,又可以採購紀念品。

 

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Best Kyoto Experience: Stay in a Traditional Townhouse “Machiya” 京都包棟町家月輪こはく庵

Kyoto offers a wide range of accommodations – from chic capsule hostels to fancy hotels. I looked at a lot of options. Finally I decided that we would splurge a little and book a traditional townhouse! Staying in a rustic townhouse turned out to be a wonderful touch that made our trip complete.

You experience the charm of traditional Kyoto by walking around ancient temples during the day, and that experience doesn’t need to end when you head back to the hotel. Sleeping on Japanese futon on tatami floors in a traditional townhouse in a residential area is a unique experience you don’t want to miss. The fusion of old and new is fascinating. You would likely stay in a townhouse built a century ago while the fanciest gadget in the house is an overachieving toilet with a control panel as complicated as one for a space shuttle.

京都住宿的選擇很多,從文青風格膠囊旅館到豪華飯店都有,我找了很多選項,最後決定要奢侈一點住在傳統日式老房子!最後全家都覺得很值得,有讓京都之旅更完整的感覺,體驗傳統京都不只是白天逛寺廟,晚上回飯店還可以繼續,可以體驗卡通看到的自己鋪床睡在榻榻米和式房間裡真的很酷。

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Kyoto: Fall Foliage at the Serene Chishaku-in Temple 京都智積院遠離喧囂楓紅

Chishaku-in is a Buddhist temple in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. This temple is relatively unknown and much less traveled. It is a quiet spot off the beaten path that allows you to take in the sights.

智積院在京都的東山地區,不是個知名的景點,如果一早來真的可以好好享受寧靜的楓紅。

 

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Kyoto: Colorful Temple and Food Porn 京都:彩色布猴子八坂庚申堂和神級蛋包飯

After strolling through the historical Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka area and grabbing iconic shots of the Yasaka Pagoda, we kept walking down Yasaka Dori. One of the highlights of this day trip popped up on our left — the very colorful temple, Yasaka Kōshin-dō. It is one of the most instagrammable places in Kyoto.

去過清水寺、走過產寧坂和二年坂、又拍完八坂塔之後,繼續沿著松原通往下走,左手邊就是本日行程重點之一、Instagram熱門打卡景點八坂庚申堂 (Yasaka Kōshin-dō)。

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Kyoto: Strolling through the Historical Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka 清水寺坂坂區散步地圖

If you only had one day in Kyoto, the perfect itinerary would have to include a stroll through the historic districts of Higashiyama (東山). Start the day by paying a visit to Kiyomizu-dera where there is a 13-meter (43-foot) wooden temple constructed in the early 17th century without a single nail. Then walk through charming alleys of Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka where you can find a wide range of iconic Kyoto dishes and souvenirs. Along the way there are lots of temples with distinct features. And wrap up this day in Gion where the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” was shot.

最能夠代表京都的行程大概就是東山區清水寺一帶的老街。一早先去沒用半根釘子的木造清水舞台,然後往產寧坂和二年坂一路散步,挑幾個寺廟進去逛,最後到祇園花見小路看看會不會運氣很好看到藝妓。

 

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Nara Travel Tips: World Heritage Landmarks and Soothing Deer 奈良療癒小鹿一日散策

Nara (奈良) was the highlight of my trip to Japan in November. It was so relaxing and decompressing. I melted when I saw those deer. Nara is a must-see if you are ever visiting Osaka or Kyoto. he city is very relaxed. You could stroll through a huge public park that is home to over a thousand charming deer and some of Japan’s oldest temples and shrines that were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

You could do a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto and focus on the Nara Park for a few World Heritage sites, chill with the deer, and visit this neighborhood of traditional townhouses in Naramachi (奈良町). Staying in Nara for a night or two will allow you to visit the deer and shrines early in the morning, see more World Heritage sites, and enjoy more iconic Nara dishes.

十一月的京阪奈之旅,奈良的療癒小鹿完全勝出,超級紓壓。一日散策可以走遍奈良公園的三個世界遺產古蹟再加上午餐和奈良町的老房子散步,也可以玩個兩三天,多拜訪幾個古蹟,還可以一大清早或傍晚到若草山一帶。

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