During our walk, it started to heat up, much to our displeasure. Sensei told us this is real Japanese summer. Fushimi Inari is a shrine complex situated on a huge mountain , with various shrines scattered on the path up. The paths go through what seem like thousands of red torii gates. Given the heat and the fact that it was a mountain, the climb up was hard, but worth it. Walking up the path took us to astounding views of the Kyoto area. We tried to find relief here and there at small stores that sold ice cream. The shrine at the top was gorgeous.
We climbed back down and headed to Kyoto station, a modern building in contrast to traditional Kyoto. Here, we admired the views of the city and walked through the many stores located in the station, and took a short rest.
The last stop took us to a Japanese mall, where somehow we were able to spend about two hours. Most of us spent that time in the arcade, and towards the end we crammed into a photo booth to take what’s called purikura. Think instant photo booths but manipulating the photo after. It was a lot of fun.
Finally, we had dinner at a restaurant where they have deep fryers set into the table. It’s all you can eat, so you grab various meats and vegetables and deep fry them at your own pace. After over 90 minutes there, some (sensei) eating much more than others, we headed back to the hotel. Looking forward to tomorrow but not the day after.
Fushimi is also famous for its fox statues
The main gate
More deep frying
Kyoto Tower from Kyoto station
Guess the weight and your wish comes true
How they are supposed to look
Walking through the Torii
Roman amongst the Torii
It was also all you can eat dessert