Osaka was our home base for the first week of our Japan trip. For the next 2 days we took day trips to Kyoto. If you missed the first post about Kyoto, click here. Again, the best way to get around Kyoto is to buy the local bus pass at Kyoto Station.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
The second day of Kyoto we spent almost the entire day at the Fushimi Inari (Inari = Shinto God of Rice) Shrine. I say this is a must when in Kyoto, Japan and probably our favorite landmark we visited! The Shrine is known for it’s thousand vermillion tori gates. We did the entire hike which took about 3 hours, but so worth it! As you get closer to the top of the mountain there less people, beautiful views overlooking Kyoto, local shops and restaurants, and multiple smaller shrines.
Foxes are known to be messengers to Inari, God of Rice
View overlooking Kyoto. There are food vendors and Roger enjoyed a refreshing Japanese beer!
We reached the top!
Highly recommend walking the entire hike. The top of the mountain had the best views.
At the exit of the shrine, there are street food vendors as well. Perfect after the long hike for a snack or meal!
This is a little fried cake with red bean paste.
Kinkaku-ji – The Golden Pavilion
We just made it to The Golden Pavilion before the sun setting. The lighting was perfect against the gold leaf!
Our Favorite Meal in Kyoto!
On our way back home to Osaka, we got dinner at Katsukura in Kyoto station. Bookmark this NOW … on the 11th floor of Kyoto station you will find our favorite meal we ate in Kyoto! Tonkatsu is deep fried pork cutlet usually served with sauce and thinly sliced cabbage. Perfectly cooked and quality meat, we still think about this meal.
Next stop is Nara, Japan!