In Arashiyama, you will find the famous Sagano Bamboo Forest, which is almost ethereal in its beauty. Delightful gardens are to be found everywhere. Yet as mentioned, Kyoto is most famous for its cherry blossoms, which are best seen in April. Some of the best spots to witness them are the Philosopher’s Path, Maruyama Park, Arashiyama, and Heian Shrine, but wherever the curious visitor goes, they will be astounded by the sight.
On a visit to the city, it is also a must to take in the sake brewery. In Japan, the preferred word for sake, or rice wine, is nihonshu, whose history you can learn about in the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum. Learn how to drink sake correctly when you are in Nozawa Onsen, and if you want to embrace the etiquette more fully still, head over to 247 Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku. Many tourists also choose to take an afternoon Izakaya cooking course where they can find instructors wearing traditional Buddhist monk clothing and learn to prepare authentic dishes that are often eaten in Japanese homes and Izakaya restaurants.
Food abounds everywhere in Kyoto. The so-called “food belt” of the city is the Nishiki Market, where the dishes taste amazing, and better still, look fantastic. One thing is for sure: the inhabitants of Kyoto take great pride in everything that they do.