Kyoto was hands down one of my favorite places in Japan. Tokyo was fun for a big city, but Kyoto was just gorgeous. We were there the second weekend of November 2017, and the fall colors were at their peak!
We were only in Kyoto for 3 nights, which is enough to see the highlights, but you could easily spend more time here. There are countless gorgeous temples and shrines to explore and so many incredible restaurants.
Keep reading below for our favorite, must-see sites in Kyoto, plus another one of the most beautiful places in Japanyou may want to add to your bucket list.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the most recognizable sites in all of Japan. Over 10,000 bright orange gates around the shrine grounds line a trail that leads to the sacred Mount Inari.
You can do the full hike to Mount Inari with panoramic views over Kyoto, which is about 5 miles round trip and takes approximately 2-3 hours there and back.