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Addis’ Trip to Japan: Kyoto, Day 12 min read

Kyoto

We all woke up at 5.30am so that we could at least grab breakfast before leaving our hotel and heading towards Kyoto. We got on another shikansen for about an hour before we arrived in Kyoto.

Kyoto is widely known for being the traditional Japan, with the kimonos, tea ceremonies, geishas, and Zen temples to prove it. There are castles, shrines, temples, and one famous zen garden.

We visited the Inari shrine first. The reason for there being a shrine for the foxes is due to the fact that in the olden days, when rodents would begin to tear up the rice fields, the locals would try to get rid of them with every means possible. However, they could never get rid of them.

This was when they noticed the foxes coming out from the forests, and, within 24 hours, all their rodents problems would be solved. This occured in more than one place. So, due to the appearance of the foxes saving their crops, the locals decided to build a shrine to gift the Inari gods, hoping that they would always save the fields.

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We had a quick bite to eat there after going through the more than 3000 Tori gates.

 

Next was the Gold Pavillion where we surfed through the crowds to look at the gardens.

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The last stop of the day was Kiyomizu Temple, which dates back to 798. This Temple is currently being remodeled and is expected to be completely sometime in 2029. I didn’t get very many pictures because I had left my camera at the hotel, so the next ones are all from my phone.

After leaving the last temple, we made our way back into the city were we roamed the more than 100 restaurants to find a place for dinner.

The place we eventually chose was called the Tempura Bar. It was really delicious. Sadly, I did not get any pictures of our food because we were so hungry that by the time we realized we should have taken a photo, our food was gone.

After dinner, we made our way back to the hotel. (A $10 taxi ride later.) We’ve got another early start tomorrow, so I’ll leave off here.

Thanks for reading with me and following my adventure.

Addis

(P.S. I noticed all the comments about the Jizo statues wearing hats from the last post. The reason why the statues have either aprons or hats is due to the fact that the locals believe a deity or God inhabits each statue and that they feel sorry for them not having any clothing to cover them or keep them warm.)

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Eon
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Eon

Gorgeous pictures! And ty for the history lesson on the foxes and the temples! Very interesting! Sleep well, and safe travels!

Waterlilly
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Waterlilly

Woooow so beautiful!!!*wipes tears* too Bad there’s no foodporn today…well i get your situation 😂
Seriously tho, your pics are just amazing😍 Thanks for posting them and thanks for keeping up with the daily updates😊😙
Keep having fun for us😉

Chinkodaisuki
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chinkodaisuki

Oh my gosh! There is such a thing as mitarashi ice cream? I mean I LOVE mitarashi dango so I really need to check out that ice cream place. Thank you for sharing your travels with us.

nbsiren
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Thank you^^

Red
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red

Thank you for the post and explanation for the statues.

Starstruck
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starstruck

Hi Addis, thank you for sharing your story & pics to everyone here. Some friends of mine have visited Japan and they always say that it is one of the “must visit” countries in the world. I haven’t had such a chance so I’m kinda jealous here :D. The views are stunning and more colorful than I thought (since i used to read black and white mangas 🙂 ). And how the people put hats and aprons on the statues to keep them warm is cute. For the food, however, I prefer the manga drawings than the pics of actual… Read more »

Gwarp
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gwarp

That tempura looks yummy @[email protected]

Kimchi04
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Kimchi04

waaahhh!!! I remembered visiting so many shrines/temples in kyoto ❤️ I wanna go back! Favorite place is definitely Fushimi Inari ⛩, Relax and enjoy your vacation Addis!

Valada
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Valada

It’s a delight to see more pictures and explanations, thank you very much!!

Muraki
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muraki

So cool!
it’s good that the food was too good to wait for pics! 😀

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