Our to-do list for Kyoto was so long that it took some prioritizing for our first day. Although we had budgeted six full days to wander the city, heavy rain was in the upcoming forecast so we wanted to hit the main cherry blossom spots before they were bombarded and potentially ruined. It should be no surprise to those who know us that we woke early and were on the subway headed to Tetsugako-no-michi (Philosopher's Path) before rush hour was even close to starting. We were far from alone in the early morning sun though, as many couples were out having professional photos taken along the old railway track at the Keage incline, including a few brides and grooms. We managed to steal a few shots in solitude with the gorgeous blooms. However we hadn't even planned on visiting the incline and after luxuriating under the trees for so long we did not reach the Philosopher's Path and instead turned back.
We capped off our first day in Kyoto by eating dinner out at a nearby soba restaurant. Our week ahead certainly looked promising!