I’ve lived in Kyoto for 5 years
I speak English, French, Arabic and some Japanese
I am MARKETING ADVISOR
I am Maha. Since I was a kid, I have always loved Japan. My dream came true in 2012. I lived in Kyoto for 6 months and I fell in love with the city. The culture, the history, the art, the food, the nature... Kyoto has it all. It is peaceful and yet full of life. Kyoto is the kind of city that has a soul and it can charm you instantly. I fell under the spell of Kyoto and I couldn't live anywhere else. After traveling and living in different countries for a few years, my goal was to come back. I did so in 2017. Now, I spend my time discovering hidden gems and less-known places and I am never disappointed, I am still amazed by the beauty and peacefulness of Kyoto. I think my favorite area is the north and more specifically Kurama. I always recommend to first-time visitors to expand their horizons. It is preferable to balance the tourist places and more local unknown spots to get a better sense of Kyoto. I am all for authentic experiences and for avoiding the narrow " tourist bubble" trap.