I pretty much slept the whole way to Kyoto, it wasn’t the best of sleep but at least the time went by fast. I left around 11:50 and we got to Kyoto at 7:20ish, it was long, but the trip proved worth it very soon. After walking around the Grand Kyoto Station, we went to Inari Shrine. It was massive there were a bunch of shrines, as well as a great hike to the top with a great view (pic). It was only a 7 min trip from the station and we spent a good 4 or so hours there. Something that caught my attention, was that they had Triforce symbol at the shrine shops, I’m wondering if that’s why Shigeru Miyamoto chose that symbol for Zelda. I’ll have to do some research to find out, cause I know Miyamoto was inspired by growing up near the forest of Kyoto. We got there early so we didn’t have deal with all the crowdedness of Golden Week. We had a great time walking around the Shrine and it was a nice hike, after being stuck in a bus for almost 10 hours, for me at least. There were a ton of Torii gates and the grand amount of them is very unique to Inari Shrine, these are most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred (Wiki). There was tons to see here and all of it was free, I really recommend going here if you go to Kyoto ever. It was a great way to start off the trip, but we had been carrying our bags all day and were very tired and it was almost the time were we could check into our house. We took the subway near the house, and were able to find it by ourselves, despite the lack of street names in Japan. The house was so nice, it was a traditional Japanese house with Tatami Mats, it’s called (name Yuko). We were exhausted from the long day, and just went to the grocery store to get food for dinner. Then stayed in the rest of night to get rested for Monkey Park tomorrow.
Places Near Our Rental House
6 Himawari – Bento Boxes
7 Boulangelie Petit France – Bakery
11 Yamanaka Oil Shop
12 Sasaki Sake Company
14 Ishizaki – Homemade Candy Shop
Unfortunately the rest of these small shops were closed due to Golden Week.