Kyoto Snapshots

Sandals, gardens and Nishiki Market

By Amber Mezbourian   - 1 min read

Everyone knows Kyoto. It receives over 30 million visitors a year and the crowds can be intense, but take the time to explore just a little and you’ll find winding cobbled alleyways lined with intimate restaurants, notice small temples tucked between nondescript office blocks, and catch glimpses of peaceful gardens in otherwise built up areas. In fact, part of its charm is just wandering around and seeing what you happen to stumble across. Don't let the huge numbers of visitors put you off - there's a reason why so many people go to Kyoto, and it's worth adding to your itinerary, too.

Amber Mezbourian

Amber Mezbourian @amber.mezbourian

I spent three years living in Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET Programme, not knowing what to expect but with images of Tokyo, geisha and Mount Fuji in my mind. I was placed in Yamagata prefecture in a small rural town that I couldn't find in any guidebook. I learnt to sno...