I spent three days in Kyoto and really enjoyed them. It’s such a beautiful city with so much history and also so different than Tokyo. I would compare it to Boston if I had to.
Kyoto is full of temples everywhere you go, supposedly over a thousand of them. The city also has very old and traditional architecture since it was spared in WWII from the bombings, making it the best place to see the old buildings and gardens that were built by the Japanese elite hundreds of years ago.
I also got to climb a small mountain called Iwatayama , or as people more commonly call it, Monkey Mountain. You can from the pictures the monkeys walk amongst humans as if it is nothing as long as you don’t stare at them in the eyes, then they jump at you. A walk through the trail lined with bamboo trees visiting a zen garden were also highlights of the city and had a very Asian feel to them.
As I mentioned it is a city packed with Japanese culture and history and was a nice contrast to the busy and chaotic streets of Tokyo. Unfortunately three days was not nearly enough to explore it all so who knows, maybe one day I will come back…