It’s been a busy and exhausting week but I finally have time to write another Japan post!
I was changing hotels on this day and as my next hotel would be at the Kyoto Station and not within easy walking distance of Shijo Kawaramachi I decided to walk around some first before going to the next hotel. In my meanderings, I stumbled upon the Nishiki Market.
After wandering round Shijo Kawaramachi, having lunch at my favourite omuraisu place (which I had been to with Yang and Danny but couldn’t remember the exact location of the last time I was in Kyoto), and taking a peep at the Takashimaya and IOIO malls, I caught a cab and went to the Kyoto Station.
This time I stayed at the Granvia Hotel, and it was the fanciest hotel of my stay. Biiiig room (by Japanese standards), right at the station, and I had a view of the train tracks from 9 floors up!
Anyway, I soon trotted out again and headed for Fushimi Inari Taisha. The JR Pass meant I could take the local train to the JR Inari station at no extra cost so… off I went. It was just about 15 minutes by train I think.
I didn’t read all the ema – I was taking several close-up photos and suddenly saw this one hidden behind several others.
The front section of the shrine is the usual few buildings, but walk up the stairs and you’ll see what makes Fushimi Inari famous.
There were so many tourists there though
Or this one. (Ok, evidently in high tourist season this would be nearly impossible except at dawn or later in the evening. This being low tourist season meant I didn’t have to wait as long for moments like this to appear.)
The ema here are like fox heads. (From Japan Guide: “Foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds.”) I was very amused by how pretty much everyone had decided to draw faces on them. Some people clearly had lots of artistic talent. hahaha
Then it’s up another path of torii!
Midway point! (Red dot indicates where you are on the map.) You could circle back to the first section, or go up and follow the trail to the top of the hill. (There are fewer torii on the trail up though.) Maybe one day I’ll do that…
Then I decided… I’ll just go back up again. HAHA
There was a photoshoot going on too. The photographer was shooting a model dressed as a geisha. I badly wanted to take a picture but decided it would be impolite, so I settled for the back view of the photographer and one of his assistants.
I had dinner at Kyoto Station. Sat down at a restaurant and had some pasta. I magically made it through without speaking English at all. (That said, the menu was in Japanese and English, and I did have to look up some words before I asked where I was supposed to pay. haha)
The view from my room! I mostly liked watching the trains. The brightly-lit section there is the bullet train platform. Below it are the local train lines, including the one that goes to Nara (and goes past Inari).