Visited April 2011
Day 7: Kyoto & Osaka
Making our way back from Yokohama and checking-out, we went on to visit the last 2 temples of Kyoto: Daigoji Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Traveling on the Biwako Line, we alighted at Yamashina Station, while transferring to the Subway Tozai Line towards Daigo Station. Taking a 10-15 minute walk following the crowd, we arrived to a crowded Daigoji with full-blooming sakuras. My main intention for visiting Daigoji was the Bentendo Hall. However, as it was extremely crowded, I believed we paid ¥1,000 for the combined ticket of Sanboin and Shimo Daigo, as we navigated our way through the crowd in search for it.As part of the sakura viewing, the temples have erected seats just for the crowd to admire the flowers.Concluding our temple hopping tour was the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. Taking the train to the Fushimi Inari Station, it was a short walk to the entrance of the shrine. As the gates trail on into the mountain, a hike to the summit would have taken us 2-3 hours, something which we could not afford with time not on our side. Hence, after few quick shots, we left to return to Osaka for a last night’s stay.For dinner, we navigated our way to Shinsaibashi, where we enjoyed some barbeque meat for dinner! Fugu was just too expensive for us.As we prepared to leave the next morning, we explored the lights of Shinsaibashi and consolidated our crazy food souvenirs before retiring for the night.I just love the different flavours of Japan’s KitKat!
Depart via Cathay Pacific, Transfer at Hong Kong.