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Places to go in Snowy Kyoto

Places to go in Snowy Kyoto

Anissa Ratna Putri

The old capital is rarely getting snowy, but when it does, it is a scenery that you should not miss. Kyoto is known for its coldness during winter. Most people prefer staying indoors in the comfort of the kotatsu, warming themselves. But when the snow falls, it  is time to go out of the comfort zones and start to hunt for pictures!

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The first place that is worth a visit during the snow is Kifune Shrine. Located in the northern part of Kyoto, the shrine has a light-up or illumination event during winter (January to February). It feels really magical to climb-up the stairs surrounded by lanterns and watch the shrine covered in white. To keep the visitors warm, they also have a small bonfire and a lounge with a mini-heater.

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For those who prefer to visit the shrine in the morning, it offers you a view of the winter wonderland. Ride the Eizan Line and admire the white and blue scenery along your way to the shrine. Kifune Shrine can be reached by Eizan Line to Kibuneguchi Station. From the station, take a bus for 5 minutes ride (160 yen) or walk for about 30 minutes.

Photo by Johanes Jefry Prasetyo

Photo by Johanes Jefry Prasetyo

Photo by Johanes Jefry Prasetyo

Photo by Johanes Jefry Prasetyo

The next popular place during the snow is Kinkaku-ji. This place is always crowded throughout the year, yet during the snowy days the number of visitors is higher than usual. People are seen lining-up to capture the beauty of the golden temple covered in pristine white. However, lining for a glimpse of the snowy Kinkaku-ji is worth it. It is not every year that you get a chance to witness the white and gold merge into one.

Photo by Yulia Andriani Rosdiana

Photo by Yulia Andriani Rosdiana

Other than the shrine and the temple, you might want to visit the road that leads to Ginkaku-ji Temple also known as the Ginkaku-ji michi. Even though it is less iconic compared to the previous spots mentioned before, this road is a hidden gem during the snow.

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Thick snow covers the road that is surrounded by trees, with small canals in the middle. A simple, yet impressing view.

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