Saturday, 28 October 2017

My Japanese Honeymoon: Day 11 - Kyoto

We jumped on the Bullet Train again from Osaka to travel to Kyoto. We only had one day here, but I found Kyoto to be a peaceful, scenic and beautiful place to stay in. Our Air BnB was situated in a small village, around 10 minutes walk away from the Fushimi Inari Shrine. In this little village, all shops and restaurants appeared to close by 6pm, so it was a pretty low-key place to spend some time in.

We headed to the Fushimi Inari Shrine first, as this was billed as one of the best tourist attractions to visit in Kyoto. The shrine is made up of a long trek through 1000 gates, and its really impressive. I have trouble with my feet, so i was only able to make it halfway up the long trek through the gates to the highest point overlooking the mountains. My husband made it to the top, although even he admitted that it is incredibly steep and quite a challenge, but the views were worth it. 

We spent a few hours at the shrine, before walking back to our flat to check in. We had chosen a traditional Japanese apartment, where the beds roll out on the floor, and the doors slide across each partitioned section of the room. The host had left a Nes with Super Mario and Kung Fu, along with a selection of DVDS! Not bad going, there. 

Once we'd dropped off our bags, we took the train into central Kyoto to explore the surroundings. Central Kyoto is home to a very long stretch of traditional shops and fish markets, which were absolutely heaving with people when we took a wander down it. As i mentioned previously, it's also a very beautiful place. During our wander, we walked across bridges overlooking shimmering lakes, and the streets were spotless. 

We stumbled upon a cat cafe, and decided to give it a go! Previously, we'd checked out an Owl Cafe in Harajuku, and although I have a bengal-tabby cross of my own at home, it was still such a fun experience spending 30 minutes out cuddling some kitties. If you ever make it to Japan, check one out! 

We grabbed dinner in a cosy little restaurant that was playing anime on their TV, and had bookshelves lined with manga. Here, we chose a combination of a bowl of ramen, with this delicious egg rice, and fried tofu. As everything in the village we're in had closed by the evening, we headed back to the Fushimi Inari shrine again to take some night time photos. The place is so peaceful and stunning at night.

Read more of my Japan travel diaries here.

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