Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine & Gion

Getting lost is tiring, so we ate a bit of lunch and took the train to Fushimi Inari Station. There are a lot of interesting shops and food stalls along the path to Fushimi Inari.

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The street leading to the shrine were lined with food stalls. You can’t help but be tempted by the food locals and fellow tourists were eating – savoury noodles, grilled meat and vegetables, and hollow fish-shaped cakes filled with cream and red beans.

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For me, Fushimi Inari was the highlight of this trip. We were not able to fully explore Fushimi Inari because the sun was about to set, but another tourist I’ve spoken with said the view at the end of the climb is worth it.

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You can find a lot of cats there – if you knew where to look, and looked well.

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At sundown, we took the train back to Kyoto Station.

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When the evening came, we took another bus to Gion – the geisha district of Japan. After eating dinner in a little yakitori place with great service, we walked along the streets, marveling at the red lamps hanging outside artfully made houses. There, we saw an actual geisha, but I was too shy to take her photo because I didn’t want to invade her privacy.

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