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A lifestyle blog by a London gal who loves plants, metal, bleaching my hair and Osaka

Thursday 1 October 2015

Kyoto trip part 2: Yasaka Shrine, Gion and Ponto-cho

Hi everyone! How are we all?
Today, I have the rest of the photos from my Kyoto trip to share! I already posted about visiting Kiyomizu-dera, so feel free to check that one out too.
*today's post is picture heavy, as usual...

So, after Kiyomizu-dera we decided to take a look at Gion, which is probably Kyoto's most fammous Geisha district. Of course, all we saw were tourists.... I think it is really rare to spot a real Geisha. I really want to go to the Gion matsuri in July next year. I probably can because it is so cheap to get to Kyoto from me... around £4 each way.

Before we got to Gion, however, we passed Yasaka Jinja and decided to have a quick look inside:

 The ever present vending machines of Japan:

 Then we took a short walk through Kyoto to Gion

 After Gion we carried on walking back

 we passed the Kabuki theatre:

And the river:
 And we stumbled upon Ponto-cho (another Geisha district)

 There were a lot of people wearing Kimono and Yukata (summer Kimono) in Kyoto that day. I think people liked the excuse to dress up. There are a few shops in Kyoto that offer people the chance to rent a Yukata or Kimono and have their hair done, etc. I might have to treat myself to that one day.

 The little bird is the symbol of Pontocho
 Back to Kyoto and the station:

That's it for my Kyoto pictures for now, I hope you eenjoyed them! I definitely wanna go back there asap to see some other shrines and temples like the Inari Jinja, Ryoan-ji and Kinkaku-ji.
Thanks for reading! 
-Amy xoxo


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