After a tourist crowded day in Kyoto the previous day, Ying and I decided to get an early start to our day in Kyoto on this day and we woke up and headed straight to the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine (Taisha) – which is most well known for its Japanese red Torii shrine gates.
00:18 Fushimi Inari Shrine – We started off at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and we luckily arrived early and beat the crowds – in fact there were only a few other people there when we arrived, it was so incredibly peaceful and quiet. I didn’t know we were going to climb then entire mountain, but when we started hiking up the hill, walking through the endless red Torii shrine gates, we just kept going and we decided to just make it up to the top – which was well worth it. The walk to the summit of Fushimi Inari Shrine was fantastic, but the real joy was getting there and enjoying the quiet peaceful outdoors. By the time we walked down to the entrance of the shrine, it was already getting busy. Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the best things to do in Kyoto, and it really is a must visit place.
4:21 Matsuba Soba Kyoto (総本家にしんそば 松葉 本店) – I had really wanted to eat a soba meal when we were in Kyoto, and so after we packed our bags we went to a restaurant called Matsuba Soba Kyoto (総本家にしんそば 松葉 本店), famous for serving local Kyoto style soba noodles. I ordered the herring noodles, which came with a bowl of soba noodles in clear broth with a side of fish that tasted like barbecue. It was quite good, very fresh tasting, and very good quality. It was a little expensive, but I enjoyed the experience.
8:16 Nishiki Market (錦市場) – One of the most famous places to walk around and eat in Kyoto is the Nishiki Market (錦市場), and though we didn’t have too much extra time, I did want to stop in for a bit to walk around before we left Kyoto. The market was great, so much good food throughout the walking street, and many of the vendors were also very friendly. I had a small fish on a chopstick, and that was my snack as we walked around the Nishiki Market (錦市場).
10:00 Kyoto back to Osaka – We took the train, and although our train was delayed by about 30 minutes, we made it back to Osaka smoothly, and we navigated our way to our new Airbnb apartment that we had pre-booked. Everything went well.
11:57 Dinner at a Japanese Diner – For dinner, we were all quite tired, so we just went to a simple Japanese diner restaurant just a short walk from where we were staying, and we had a nice simple Japanese dinner. I had the Oyakodon (親子丼), a chicken and eggs rice bowl.