Last week, I took a short trip to Kyoto with my mother for Mother's day.
We headed to Arashiyama where famous of bamboo grove. Unfortunately, it was rainy all day. Rain creat a magical atmosphere throughout small bamboo aisle. Kyoto local calls it "graciousness" and they value graciousness in kyoto culture.
Most people who already have ever been in Kyoto, visited Kiyomizu-Temple where famous of great landscape.
Beside main street of Kiyomizu-temple, many Japanese souvenir shops. However, it always packed and touristy. If you prefer more quite, Kyoto-ish place, go to 2 nen-zaka street.
Pass through Ninen-zaka, head to Kodai-ji(Temple) where Nene (queen, wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi is enshrined.)
Koda-ji has beautiful garden and near to this, there is the grave of Sakamoto Ryoma.
Many Japanese style cafe which ownes beautiful garden and small lovely pound around this street. If you walk through from Kodai-ji, you will arrive to Yasaka-shrine where is located in Gion where Maiko-san, and Geiko-san live and work.
Enjoy you Kyoto back street walk!