Kyoto, with its timeless temples, serene gardens, and mouthwatering cuisine, promises an unforgettable day of exploration and discovery. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a culinary adventurer, Kyoto offers a rich tapestry of experiences that will leave you in awe. So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to embark on a whirlwind tour of “24 Hours in Kyoto,” where every moment is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the city’s profound beauty and heritage. While you should spend at least two days to fully immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Kyoto, if you only have one day, here is our guide on how to make the most of your limited time!
If you stay at THE MILLENIALS KYOTO, your central location will give you access to the top sights in the area, making it easier to enjoy the best parts of the city.
Snap Some Photos of the Iconic Kinkaku-ji
As one of Kyoto’s most iconic temples, Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, offers incredible picturesque scenery and incredible architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage Site features a three-storied pavilion covered in gold leaf, making it one of the most recognizable sites in Kyoto. Not only is it a monument of mankind’s architectural and artistic capability, it is also a homage to nature, since the shimmering gold leaf reflects the tranquil surroundings in a shimmering pond. Its radiant elegance inspires visitors to channel their inner serenity and spirituality.
Hike Through Thousands of Torii at Fushimi Inari Shrine
The well-loved Fushimi Inari Shrine gained its reputation as one of the top tourist destinations in Kyoto, and even all of Japan, through its thousands of distinct vibrant orange torii gates that create a magical maze-like path through the forest. Visitors can hike along the winding trails while relishing the quiet beauty of nature. The summit also provides unforgettable panoramic views of Kyoto.
Dwell in Nature at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a brilliant escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Perfect for those seeking a perfect Instagram photo or a soothing atmosphere, the clean air, sea of green and sound of bamboo swaying in the wind will calm anyone’s rushing thoughts. Take a walk through the forest and contemplate the beauty of nature.
Wander Through Sprawling Temple Grounds at Nanzen-ji
At Nanzenji Temple, visitors can admire ancient, beautifully-crafted architecture like Sanmon gate and stroll through tranquil gardens with ponds and stone pathways. It provides not only a cultural experience and history lesson, but also an immersion in nature. Visiting in autumn gives you the opportunity to see the temple grounds transform into a sea of fiery reds, yellows and oranges. Nature lovers and history lovers alike must visit this destination for its cultural and spiritual depths.
Eat Fresh Seafood at Nishiki Market
Nishiki Market offers food from over a hundred stalls and shops, each offering its own Japanese delicacy from fresh seafood to street food to traditional sweets. One of the highlights is its abundance of fresh seafood stalls, which serve sushi, sashimi and seafood skewers using fish caught the same day. It is a must visit for foodies and travelers looking to experience the hustle and bustle of Kyoto’s culinary scene.
Travel to the Past in Gion
For a peek into the past, check out Kyoto’s old entertainment quarters, where you can find geisha and maiko wandering the streets. The wooden tea houses, machiya townhouses, cobbled streets and lantern-lit alleyways make you feel like you’re transported into another era. Try visiting in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Otherwise, late afternoon and early evening are the best time to visit this area to avoid the crowds.
Enjoy Free Beer at THE MILLENIALS KYOTO
After a long day of exploring the city, relax in the evening by enjoying free beer from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at THE MILLENIALS KYOTO. Relax with your friends and family in the lounge, chat with the friendly staff or mingle with other guests and tell them all about the exciting sights you saw during the day.
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