Japan, Kyoto Guide (B): Golden Week - Kyoto Part 1

Golden Week - Kyoto Part 1
On our 5th day, we departed Shizuoka at 10pm, and during the 8-9 hours on the road we slept (or pretended to sleep) throughout the trip, with regular toilet break every 2 hours. I would really commend our organizer Mochan, for a great sacrifice of driving us safely to Kyoto.Traveling to Kyoto from Shizuoka via mini bus has been the toughest road trip throughout our journey.

Arriving at Kyoto the following morning, at around 7 am we reach Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto.

The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.

It is famous for its thousands of vermilion Torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings.

Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.

Eerie feeling while walking inside thousands of these Tori gates, specially when your alone.

Each gates are donated by companies or rich individuals:

Foxes are thought to be Inari's messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari Shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital's move to Kyoto in 794.

Next, we went to KinKan Kuji temple.

Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺), "Temple of the Golden Pavilion", officially named Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺), "Deer Garden Temple", is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto.

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Guide Name: Golden Week - Kyoto Part 1
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Fushimi Inari Shrine   Torii gates   KinKan Kuji temple   Gion district   Yasaka Shrine   Khaosan Kyoto Guest House Hostel   Shijo Street   Teramachi shopping streets   Shin Kyogoku Shopping   Hanami-koji   Gion Corner  
Author: Angelo John Yap
Read it on author's website: http://saventravel.blogspot.sg/2014/04/japan-golden-week-kyoto-12.html

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