Kyoto was incredible! We enjoyed the great company of fellow tourists and explored some of Japan’s most stunning historic sites. However, the best highlight of all might have been the find of an amazing little Jazz bar tucked away down a side alley, which we ended up frequenting each night.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Kiyomizudera, or the Pure Water Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Tourists dress as geishas in Kyoto's famous Gion district

Tourists dress as geishas in Kyoto’s famous Gion district

Tourists dress as geishas in Kyoto's famous Gion district

Tourists dress as geishas in Kyoto’s famous Gion district

Tourists dress as geishas in Kyoto's famous Gion district

Tourists dress as geishas in Kyoto’s famous Gion district

Tourists dress as geishas in Kyoto's famous Gion district

Tourists dress as geishas in Kyoto’s famous Gion district

Visiting historic Kyoto, Japan. Temples in Kyoto.

Visiting historic Kyoto, Japan. Temples in Kyoto.

Visiting historic Kyoto, Japan. Temples in Kyoto.

Visiting historic Kyoto, Japan. Temples in Kyoto.

Visiting historic Kyoto, Japan. Temples in Kyoto.

Visiting historic Kyoto, Japan. Temples in Kyoto.

Visiting historic Kyoto, Japan. Temples in Kyoto.

Visiting historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan. Red gates. Red gates in Kyoto.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan. Red gates.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan. The red gates in Kyoto.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan. The red gates in Kyoto.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan. The red gates in Kyoto.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the monkey park in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the bamboo forest in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the bamboo forest in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the Golden Pavilion in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Visiting the Golden Pavilion in historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto, Japan

Visiting the historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto, Japan

Visiting the historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto, Japan

Visiting the historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto, Japan

Visiting the historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto, Japan

Visiting the historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto, Japan

Visiting the historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

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Mark quit everything to travel the world for a year with his wife, Britnee. Along the way, he picked up a love for many other things, including illy coffee, Nepal, Bolivianos bills, and Thai beaches. Now happily home in Utah, Mark is a balding marketing professional with a mountain biking addiction.

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