It started to rain last night and continued till this morning. We adhered to our itinerary even though it's raining. We would be concentrating on Southern part of Kyoto and 2 shrines at the northern part today. We took JR train from Kyoto station and alighted at JR Inari station.
JR Inari Station
Fushimi Inari 伏見稲荷大社 is famous for it's thousands torii which leads into the wooded forest of the sacred 233m Mount Inari. It's one of the rare attraction that is free of charge. Normally those in tour group would not visit this attraction hence there are fewer tourist here.
Giant torii gate at the entrance
Look at the way these devotees pray (they use one finger instead of the whole palm)
Writing your wishes on the mini torii gate
Foxes are thought to be Inari's messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds.
Fox with a bib
Left or right?
Smaller torii gates
The torii gates along the entire trail are donations by individuals and companies. The cost range from ¥383,000 ~ S$6,000 for a small torii gate to ¥1,302,000 ~ S$20,000 for a large torii gate.
Cost of different size of torii gates
Look at how long is the trail of the torii gates
Still a long way to go
Left are the donator's name and the right are the date of the donation
Lake at Fushimi Inari
The hike to the summit and back takes about 3hr. As it was raining and Fredrick's mom and relatives are waiting for us at the entrance, CH and I didnt venture to the summit. I did hike up to the starting point of the summit loop. It took me an hour from the entrance to this point.
Waiting for train at Inari station
We took train from Inari station and alighted at Tokufuji station and walked about 10min to Tofukuji. Tofukuji 東福寺 is a Zen temple which is famous for its spectacular autumn colors. The most popular view is from the Tsutenkyo bridge. Admission is free except Tsutenkyo Bridge and Kaisando Hall; and Hojo and gardens.
Tofukuji temple compound
From Tofukuji station, we took Keihan railway to Demachiyanagi Station and then took bus no. 4 to Shimogamojinja mae bus stop which is 5 min away.
Double decker train
Sculpture at the train station
This mirror serve a purposeDirection sign to Shimogamo Shrine
Shimogamo Shrine 下鴨神社 is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admision is free.
Torii gate at the entranceRōmon at the background
Fredrick's mom and relatives decided to return to the hostel while we continue our journey to Kamigamo shrine. We decided to grab a snack at a convenience store near the bus stop as it's almost noon time.
Standing tables outside the convenience store
Fried crispy chicken cutlet
From Shimogamojija-mae bus stop, we took bus no. 4 to Kamigamo Jinja-mae. The bus journey tooks 30min to Kamigamo Jinja-mae terminal. It was raining very heavily when we reached. Hence we only spent about 15min here and left.
Kamigamo Shrine 上賀茂神社 is one of the oldest shrine in Kyoto and is also a UNESCO world hertiage site. Opening hrs: 6am – 4.30pm and admission is free. The Kamo Shrines jointly hold one of Kyoto's three biggest festivals, the Aoi Matsuri. Every May 15th at 10:30am, a large procession dressed in the style of the Heian court leaves from the Imperial Palace, continues to Shimogamo, and ends the day at Kamigamo.Long pathway to Kamigamo Shrine