As much as Tokyo brings the excitement of the big (very, very big) city life, Kyoto shows its more cultural and traditional side of Japan.
The difference in architecture is enough to speak volumes.
Our first destination was Gion, more popularly known as the district of geisha (or geiko, in Kyoto dialect).
We were also fortunate to be able to catch the Miyako Odori festival, where it has been held at the Kaburenjo Theatre since 1872. Never once I thought I'd be able to watch geishas perform.
The geishas were hauntingly beautiful, verging on getting under your skin with their soft but perfectly synchronised movements.
My mother learned about the festival from the posters while we were walking in the streets of Gion. Being able to read Chinese certainly comes in handy.
We also tried Issen Yoshoku's okonomiyaki (something like a Japanese version of the taco) after seeing a line outside the little restaurant.
You can read more about my trip to Japan here, and there is still more to come!
The Kaburenjo Theatre