Back in September, I visited Japan with friends traveling through Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. I previously visited Kyoto in 2009 (blog posts here), but saw completely different sights during this visit.
My first visit was to the popular Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine, which sits at the base of a mouintain. Its pathways up and around the mountain are lined with torii gates.
Miniature torii gates are a common feature as you climb the mountain.
“Ema” are small wooden plaques on which prayers or wishes are written.
Many street food vendors will prepare the food right in front of you.
A tour of the river was a nice relaxing way to see part of Kyoto.
The tour guide didn’t speak English, but he was friendly and accommodating to everyone. I got the sense that he had been doing this for a while.
The Kamo River Walkway. Many restaurants on the left allow you to dine with a view of the river.
Kyoto’s downtown has a wide variety of retail choices, like most of Japan’s cities. I noticed that several different buildings across many blocks all shared the same overhang system above the sidewalk, which I assume is designed to make it more convenient to get around when it’s raining.
I loved the colourful lights of this game centre. While arcades fell out of favour in North America during the 1990’s, they continue to flourish in Japan.