Day 8 in Japan was amazing! We visited 3 well-known spots in Kyoto and the weather was beautiful.
Tried “Goonew”, a peachy yogurt drink. It tastes alright (like diluted fruity yogurt ), but seems very healthy with lots of probiotics.
Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) –What a breathtaking view it was!
Lots of Japanese middle school and high school students on field trips at Kinkakuji
Entrance of Fushimi Inari Taisha, one of my favourite spots of the entire trip! It was the ultimate thousand-torii experience, very visually stunning. Everything had a fresh coat of unified bright red paint on it.
This is where you say your prayers and worship the Inari, a Japanese God of Foxes.
You may purchase an ema and write your wishes and leave it at the shrine.
This is a long path lined with thousands of torii leading up to the inner shrine. A torii is a gate that marks the transition to the sacred ground of a shrine, often found at the entrance of a shrine.
Each torii is donated by a Japanese business.
There’s a funny story that goes with this photo. Actually not this photo in particular, but in some pictures my black jeans perfectly blended in with the black part of the torii in the background and I looked like I had no legs. We had a really good laugh when we noticed.
Exiting Fushimi Inari Taisha
Takoyaki stand near the exit of the Shrine – It was around lunch time so we couldn’t resist trying it.
It turned out to be the best takoyaki I’ve ever had, hands down. Huge piece of yummy octopus in each one!! Osaka is more known for great takoyaki rather than Kyoto, but these were delicious! Highly recommend it if anyone notices this stand while leaving the shrine.
Next we made a side-trip to Uji to visit Byodo-In Temple. The city of Uji is highly well known for growing tea. This is the best place to buy Japanese green tea as souvenirs, and try various maccha-flavored snacks.
Byodo-In Temple, a well-preserved World Heritage Site. It was very quiet and seemed less-visited compared to the previous 2 spots.
The amazing Byodo-in Temple Phoenix Hall