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Monday 9 May 2016

Fushimi Inari Taisha and Nanzenji

Inari Yama Kyoto view
My boyfriend's family came to Japan and they invited me to Kyoto with them! We decided to go to the most stereotypically Japan and must-do Kyoto attraction: The fox shrine a.k.a. Fushimi Inari Taisha.
This time I noticed tonnes of flags pointing out that this was trip advisor's most popular with foreigners. Certainly, you're not going to be "off the beaten path" with this one, but it's a must do for a reason!

It was my second time there: check out my last post on Fushimi inari Taisha, which includes some really good shots of the Torii path (if I do say so myself...)
Fushimi Inari Taisha

One important thing to point out is that as soon as you go on the hiking path, there are way fewer people, so you can still have a really peaceful walk through the bamboo. The pathway up Mount Inari is fairly peaceful, full of interesting smaller shrines, and is probably the most enjoyable part of a trip to Fushimi Inari Taisha.

Whilst we were there we also saw a pramful (!) of the most adorable dogs!

How to Get there:

Fushimi Inari Taisha can be accessed super easily from JR Inari (2 stops on the Nara Line from Kyoto station, 140 yen) 
Or from Fushimi inari station on the Keihan line

Lantern Fushimi Inari Taisha

torii path fushimi Inari Taisha

Kyoto cityscape view

Inari yama view

After that, we walked to Nanzenji via Yasaka Jinja. We also passed the huge Torii at Heian Jingu, and Chion-in

Nanzenji is it's one of my favourite temples for sure. Like last timewe visited in the evening, so the grounds were still open but we didn't get to see the rock garden. 
I'd really recommend Nanzenji too, the gate is really impressive and the atmosphere is so peaceful. 
There's supposed to be a cool breeze blowing through, and there really was one. It was a lovely way to end the day.

How to Get there:

Nanzenji is a short walk from Keage station, or you can walk there via the Philosophers path and GinkakujiEntry to the grounds is free but you probably have to pay to get into the rock garden.


Aqueduct Nanzenji

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to check the Japan tag for posts on all the places I've been so far!
-Amy xoxo

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