Day 3 of my Asian Odyssey was a busy one, firstly we docked in Osaka after sailing around 319 nautical miles, from there I took the train to Kyoto, followed by returning to Osaka on the Shinkansen.
We docked in Osaka on time @ 07:30 at the Osaka Cruise Terminal
We welcomed by a traditional Japanese troupe of drummers
My plans for today were thrown into disarray when I heard from my tour guide that he had food poisoning and was not going to be able to show me around Kyoto. Which was unfortunate, but rectifiable, with some guidance from my original tour guide. He sent me a list of places to visit and how to get there, using the train network.
My first stop in Kyoto was the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. This is probably one of the most photographed shrines in Japan. The shrine sits at the base of Inari mountain which is 233 metres (764 ft) tall, with a number of trails up the mountain. It takes about 2 hours to complete the 4kms of trails to get to the top, passing a number of smaller shrines. I went about two thirds of the way up, a decent climb, a nice start to the day.
This is definitely a busy place
After exploring the main shrine it was time to start my climb up
What was interesting was how quickly the number of tourists climbing Mount Inari dwindle to a few.
Was a decent climb, challenged my fitness a bit, unfortunately I did not have the time to complete the climb. Places to go.
I did not seen any monkeys during my time on the mountain, a shame.
Next spot on my itinerary for the day was the Komyo-in Temple which is not far from the base of Mount Inari. A nice stroll through the suburbs.
There is a small fee to enter the Komyo-in Temple which is an old Buddhist temple with a Zen rock garden in the backyard. A tranquil spot, a nice place to take the load off and enjoy a quiet moment or ten.
After my visit to Komyo-in Temple I caught the train to Gion-Shijo station and decided it was time for some lunch. Decided that some sushi was the go so found a small place, Kitaza, not far from the station.
When I arrived I was the only customer, by the time I left the place was pretty busy.
The sushi was very good, especially the mackerel sushi.
I have no idea what this was trying to advertise. I found it a bit creepy.
Next stop on my exploration of Kyoto was Yasaka Shrine a Shinto shrine that’s building commenced in 656. Definitely a popular place. The gardens behind the shrine are worth the extra stroll..
Is this bird feeding the fish in the pond or just teasing them??