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Nokishita 711 Gin & Cocktails
Vegans Cafe & Restaurant
Hours: 10:00- 18:00
Pass the Baton
Hours: 11:00-19:00, closed on Wednesdays
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This massive emporium of thrifted goods could keep you busy for hours. Clothing is organized by category and color, and everything feels pre-loved, as opposed to used and abused.
Hours: 11:00- 21:00
Consciously curated goods for the wardrobe and the home- from straw hats, handbags and everyday dresses, to high-quality pottery, to local packaged food items, and more. The first floor is sprinkled with stationary and miscellaneous gift items, the second floor is dedicated to fashion apparel and accessories, and the third floor contains goods for the home.
45R is a renowned Japanese denim company with an international presence, and it has been around since 1991. Their indigo-died goods are constructed with longevity in mind. They offer a free service called “45fuku club” which includes denim repair and laundry. While the company’s roots are in denim, they have expanded to other product categories- cotton flannel dresses, khadi blouses, and cozy knit sweaters just to name a few. While prices are upscale, these are items that are meant to last forever.
Hours: 11:30-20:00, Closed on Wednesdays
Things to See & Do
Taste your way through all kinds of culinary delights at Kyoto’s famous food market. Eel on a stick, fresh sashimi, all matcha flavored everything, and other unidentifiable edible things. There are also several sit-down restaurants located within the market, in case you need to rest your weary feet. And it’s not just food that you’ll find within the market. Be on the lookout for cooking supplies, pottery, and souvenirs to bring back home.
Arashiyama / Bamboo Forest
One of the most iconic attractions in Kyoto is the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. There is a pathway that leads you through a forest of bamboo reaching hundreds of feet in height. You may want to get here early to avoid the crowds, especially if you’re looking to get that Insta-perfect pic. Around the bamboo grove are several shrines and gardens, most notable Tenryu-ji Temple and Gio-ji Temple which is known for its beautiful moss garden.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Arguable the most photographed and famous site in Kyoto is the Fushimi Inari Shrine, recognized by its thousands of red torii gates, which in Shintoism symbolize a transition into the sacred. Dedicate at least 3 hours to the sacred trek, and don’t forget your canteen of water. There are shops and cafes along the way where you can stop for a bite to eat or a souvenir. This is definitely one of the few spots in Kyoto that you cannot miss.
Kinkaku-Ji / Golden Pavilion
The Golden Pavilion is, unarguably, an awe-inspiring sight to behold. Its gold-foil exterior reflects off of the surrounding pond amidst an expanse of lush greenery. It was once the site of the powerful statesman Saionji Kintsune’s family villa, and later his son turned it into Zen Buddhist temple. In 1950, the original building (which was built in 1397) was burnt to the ground by a 22-year old monk. It was rebuilt 5 years later, with some minor discrepancies to the original design. Kinkaku-ji is one of the 17 locations making up the UNESCO Ancient Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.
This beautiful stone path which is best viewed in the Spring when cherry blossoms are in bloom, is dotted with shops, restaurants, and cafes, as well as some shrines and temples. It follows the Lake Biwa Canal, and it’s the perfect excuse to step away from the city and get a dose of nature.
Bike Along the Kamo River
The Kamo River stretches 19 miles through the Kyoto Prefecture and has paths on both sides which are commonly used for walking, biking, and other outdoor recreation activities.
Explore Gion and Higashiyama
On the east side of the Kamo River are the historic neighborhoods known for geisha spotting, shopping, and visiting some of Kyoto’s most famous temples, including the Yasaka Shrine and Kenninji Temple. Consider signing up for a traditional tea ceremony at Tea Ceremony Camellia.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
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