Day Two (Part 1) – Fushimi Inari and Nara
This is a continuation of the Japan Trip Report. You can read more here:
Booking Lufthansa First Class Using United Miles
Lufthansa First Class Denver to Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Frankfurt to Osaka
Day 1: Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji
Westin Osaka Review
As this is a long day I’m going to break the report up into two parts. On day two we checked out of the Westin Osaka and took our luggage with us to Kyoto. We took the train again to Kyoto and found coin lockers in Kyoto Station where we could store our luggage for the day for 600 yen (or ~$6). We then took a different line to get to Fushimi Inari, a shrine that was just a short ride from Kyoto station. When we got off the train in Fushimi, we weren’t quite sure where to go. We stopped to ask a train station attendant where the shrine was. Definitely wasn’t one of our brighter moments as he just pointed to the giant torii gate (which the shrine is famous for) directly across the street. Opps!
The shrine was neat to check out, with ornate buildings and several fox statues.
Fushimi Inari was incredibly crowded. We wandered through for a little bit. The torii gates up the hill were very neat, and were donated by individuals or companies. The writing on the gates is the donor’s name.
The entire time we were in Nara it looked like the sky might open up and it would start pouring. We didn’t spend very much time there because of that – but there was definitely enough to do in Nara to fill a long day!/p>
I had read something online about a light show in Nagoya – which turns out to be along the bullet train route from Osaka to Tokyo. Since we had to plan to be there around 5:30pm and have enough time there to catch one of the later buses back to the station and bullet trains into Tokyo we went ahead and headed back to the train. After a quick stop in Kyoto to grab our luggage we caught the bullet train towards Tokyo – with a stop in Nagashima for Nabana no Sato’s light show. Stay tuned for the continuation including the light show!