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

Sunday 6 March 2016

Northeast Kyoto: Kinkakuji, Ryoan-ji and Ninnaji

Day three of our Kyoto adventure today! This was the last day we were staying there, so we wanted to go and see Kinkakuji.
As it turns out, the walk we did along Northeast Kyoto was pretty much the perfect Kyoto itinerary, and I'll quite possibly repeat the whole of this day when my family come to stay later this month. 

How to get there:

We got to Kinkakuji by bus, in Kyoto it's a flat fee of around 240 yen. If you have ICOCA (the Kansai IC card) you can use that on the bus too. Entrance to Kinkakuji is around 600 yen.
I think it's impossible to get a bad picture of Kinkakuji, it's pretty impressive.

After Kinkakuji, we headed over to Ryoanji. There are buses there, but it is an easy 20 minute walk to Ryoanji so we walked there. It looked pretty different to the last time I went there, as there had been loads of beautiful momiji. It's still well worth a visit in the winter though, as the famous rock garden looks the same whichever season. Entrance fee was about 500 yen again.

After Ryoanji, we continued on to Ninnaji. It's a bit out of the way, and not touristy at all, but so well worth the visit. On the site of the temple there's also a palace with a gorgeous garden. 
I had such a great time at Ninnaji, and it's definitely a place I'd recommend if you want to enjoy Kyoto without too many tourists. Entrance is 500 yen, and it is so worth it.

Couldn't resist buying ichigo daifuku on the way home! That's it for my Kyoto stay, but I still have a few pictures to share from December- we went to Nara and Osaka, too.
Thanks for reading!
-Amy xoxo

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