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Located an hour and a half apart by train, these two cities provide an excellent glimpse in to Japanese culture and cuisine. When planning your trip to Kyoto and Osaka, keep in mind that the best time to visit is in the spring or fall. Also, we’d recommend using public transportation such as the trains or buses to get around.
Start off your trip in Osaka, which is a large port town with a booming economy, great restaurants, and fabulous shopping. Visit Tsuyuno-shrine, which represents love and relationship so visitors will often stop here and wish for changes in their love life. Next, visit Sumiyoshitaisha, one of Japan’s oldest shrines in addition to Osaka Castle. We mentioned shopping was big here in Osaka and the place to go is Dotonbori, pictured above, which is a famous shopping district. Here, you will find numerous restaurants and shops. To get a view of the city, take an elevator to the stop of Umeda Sky Building or Tsutenkaku. If you’re a fan of beer, stop by the Asahi Beer Factory and sample some of their beers. Pack your bags and depart for Kyoto.
As the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto holds a lot of history. Whether it’s the beautiful shrines or excellent cuisine, Kyoto will not let you down. One of the shrines that is definitely worth a visit to is Kinkaku-ji, which is set on a pond and is referred to as The Golden Pavilion due to gold leaves it is coated in. Another shrine that is unique is the Ginkaku-ji which was built in the 1480s and is referred to as the Silver Pavilion but has no trace of silver on it. Next, visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, which you might have seen in travel photos. The shrine has thousands of orange-red gates that are closely arranged in rows. Kiyomizudera or Pure Water Temple is also a very popular tourist destination that sometimes has evening illumination events. While here, walk through the bustling streets and shops of the Higashiyama District. Next up, make a stop at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove to see tall, sprawling bamboo. To take in some culture and history, stop in the district of Gion, which is the only geisha district in Japan. Here, you’ll experience teahouses, restaurants, and maybe see a woman dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono. Finally, stop at Nijo-jo castle, which is one of the most impressive sites in town. These are the top sites that we’d recommend but if you have more time, stop at Chion-in Temple, Nanzen-ji Temple, and Tenryu-ji temple.
We hope you enjoy your trip to these two excellent cities in Japan!