Kyoto was not the first city that I’ve visited during my stay in Japan, but it was by far the most colorful place I’ve ever seen. Autumn foliage surrounding ancient temples and palaces looked as spectacular as I thought it would. Having only two full days there, it was basically impossible to see everything what’s there to see, but it was enough to understand why Kyoto is usually regarded to be the most beautiful city in Japan.
Fushimi Inari-taisha and Kiyomizu-dera are by far the most stunning tourist attractions in Kyoto, but there are so many other places worth visiting it’s literally impossible to list them all. With the population of one and a half million, the city itself is surprisingly sleepy and time seems to pass just a little bit slower there than in the other parts of Japan that I’ve visited. If you’re not that into sleepy mood, then I’ve heard Kyoto gets much more interesting during Gion Matsuri, an annual festival that takes place over the entire month of July.