Japan – Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kinkaku-ji

05/05/16

I woke up at 5am today to beat the golden week crowds and jumped straight on my bike for a 7km journey to Fushimi Inari Taisha to see the famous shrines. It was so nice to cycle on the empty streets and even better when there were little to no people at the shrine. It meant I could see it without the crowds and get some good pictures. It was really pretty and so worth getting up early for! I didn’t go too far up the mountain as I was quite tired and needed to save my legs for the journey back. I can imagine it being very rewarding to get to the top although I read it takes about 4 hours to get there!

On the way out there were more people heading in, so getting there at the crack of dawn is much better! Instead of going straight back to the flat for a nap, I went to a vegetarian all you can eat breakfast restaurant. It only cos 490Y which is a bargain and of course there was a queue outside. I befriended a couple of Japanese girls in the queue who just reinstated how friendly people are here in Kyoto. I even ended up sharing a table with them! The restaurant is called Miyako Yasai Kamo Nasu, and although it’s weird eating vegetables fo breakfast at 8am it was really good healthy food.

After breakfast I went back to the flat to have a nap, woke up at 1 ready for ramen at the Japanese guys, who I met yesterday, restaurant. They were so happy to see us and the ramen was really tasty and filling. The pork in Kyoto is thick chunks rather than the thin style in all the other ramen places around Japan.

As I’m a monster who never rests I continued cycling to go see Kinkaku-ji the gold temple. It was a hard cycle as it was 5km and uphill the entire time! Finally there I paid 400Y for entry and really enjoyed seeing this temple. The setting is really pretty as it sits on a lake, I thought it was really different an a must see here. There’s not much else to do apart from follow the crowd out again so it wasa bit expensive for what it was but the view was worth it.

I did cycle onwards to Kyoto Imperial palace, but it was too late in the day to see anything so I had a nice cycle round and then headed back to the flat for a rest. I really love cycling round this city, you get a really good vibe and the architecture is quite interesting with the wooden houses.

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