Here’s a little summary of my recent trip to Kyoto, Japan. I spent four nights in a really cute Ryoken/Inn called Matsubaya Ryoken. I missed out on booking the ryoken rooms, but the ‘Western’ rooms were cute and cosy and had the best blankets I’ve ever had on my travels – very important for a sleep-lover like myself. The architecture and scenery in Kyoto are beautiful and the people exceptionally friendly. And after my initial five nights in Tokyo, it was really nice to experience somewhere quiet. Kyoto is not a go-to for shopping but I would’ve loved to go to their markets, unfortunately they didn’t land on my dates there. I visited the Fushimi Inari shrine, which entailed a huge climb uphill through repetitious large orange structures. Although the hike made my legs feel like jelly, it was really incredible. I also visited the stunning gold Kinkachuji Temple and did night visits to temples and traditional Japanese gardens. All in all I really loved my time in Kyoto.