After 3 weeks of travelling, I was finally back in Kyoto, and it did feel like returning home. There is so much to see and do in Kyoto (especially during the autumn season), a dedicated list would not be enough. I'll briefly cover some iconic spots I visited during this trip, and leave the rest for another list.
𝗡𝗮𝗿𝗮, City of Deers, is one of the most famous spots in Kyoto to enjoy maple leaves. Truth is, unless you are a huge deer fan, the park itself is not the only highlight of this location.
Temples abound, and ancient buildings from the time when Nara was Capital of Japan. Everything is spread out, so visiting everything in one day is impossible. Next time, I will take more time to explore the beautiful surroundings.
Expect massive crowds starting 10am. I felt a bit bad for the deers, wondering if this environment is actually healthy for them.
While Tokyo is known for being a very lively city, Osaka is more on the laid back and relaxed side. It is also the second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo.
A few places that you shouldn’t miss are as follows;
Dotonbori - this is the counterpart of Shibuya when it comes to shopping. The area is always bright, with neon signs lighting up the area at night making it a place where you can enjoy active nightlife. People who enjoy good eats and niche stores will appreciate Dotonbori.
Umeda - home to Osaka’s most famous landmark, the Umeda Sky Building! featuring the breathtaking floating garden. Tourists who are more into luxury stores or likes the sleek, fast-paced, and professional style of business districts will feel at home in Umeda.
Osaka Bay - is home to shopping, dining facilities, observatories, Mt. Tempozan (Japan's smallest mountain, standing at about 4.5 meters above sea level) a Ferris wheel, The Osaka Aquarium, Kaiyukan, and Universal Studios Japan®.
Osaka is indeed one of the must go Cities of the world!