Many itineraries are possible in Kyoto. Here’s what i have chosen to do in 1.5 days. This itinerary is a scaled down version of japan-guide’s Eastern Kyoto Full Day itinerary, and i had to skip a few stops, as my original itinerary was still overly ambitious. There were a lot of slopes to tackle, which turned out to be quite challenging for us as we were carrying 2 kids.
Day 1 – Arrival at Narita in the morning. Take Shinkansen to Kyoto. Check in to guesthouse. Head to Fushimi Inari. Dessert at 中村藤吉 which is at Kyoto Station. Check out the shopping mall at Kyoto Station (Isetan). Dinner at 太郎屋.
Day 2 – Get the one day bus pass. Most of the tourist attractions are actually accessible only by bus. Take bus to Ginkakuji. Walk along Philosopher’s path. Take bus to get lunch at Gion Doraemon (祇園えもん). Take bus down to Kiyomizudera (requires some climbing). Tea break. Take bus back to Gion Hanamikoji. Gion Shirakawa is a short walking distance away. Walk to the Pontocho area for dinner, at Hiro‘s. Bus to Shijidori, the main shopping street.
Fushimi Inari is famous for its Torii gates.
The philosopher’s path is just beside the Ginkakuji, making them a compelling combo attraction in Kyoto.
Kiyomizudera is packed with tourists, but it is still worth a look despite having to jostle a bit.