I have gone through blog post after blog post on my trip to Japan and I could keep going…seriously.
Part 1: We saw the style in Tokyo’s Harujuku .
and today, Part 4, I am chatting about the Gion and the Shijo district in Kyoto.
We started up the mountain in the Gion district to one of Kyoto’s most famous temples, Kiyomizu-Dera.
On our stroll up the windy streets I couldn’t help being wowed by all the kimonos I spotted. Walking around in a kimono is totally common in Kyoto and that was definitely a highlight.
I saw tons of these brightly coloured gorgeous get-ups.
I also spotted fabulous Japanese-inspired platforms (swoon):
The streets of Gion wind up and down and are teeming with tourists.
I loved all the little speciality shops and the amazing traditional Japanese architecture.
We headed for the immense temple (I am the dot on those stairs!):
And, then I was mesmerized by the (sometimes totally cheesy) stores packed with Japanese souvenirs.
I even spotted a Meiko (that is like a Geisha-in-training) heading for her performance:
Also in Gion, there are Love hotels…those are hotels by the hour, people!
Right across the river from the more traditional Gion are the shopping high streets Shijo and Kawaramachi. I headed into the department store Takashimaya to check out the awesome stationary department (nobody does stationary like stores in this country!).
High-end stores that we have all heard of were everywhere in this area and I was coveting these Furla Candy jelly bags in perfect pastel colours:
There were also a bunch of “brand shops”: Stores with glass cases filled with designer bags and accessories.
And, I even had to stop into a pharmacy just to get a look at all the amazing colours!
Kyoto was a beautiful mix of tradition, fun and romance.
Geishas, karaoke and shabu-shabu were enough to make any girl (and especially this girl) fall for this city.
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