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Day Trip at Southern Higashiyama | Kyoto

During our visit to Japan, we have a total of 3 days 2 nights trip at Kyoto. On the 2nd day of the trip, we have to move to another accommodation. Although it is not to far away from our original places, however we still spend some time on moving. We started our day trip at Southern Higashiyama at 9:30 am walking around the Pontocho Area.

Fushima Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine is a stunning and atmospherical shrine that consists of thousands of red torii gates lined up as a pathway 4 km up the mountain. It’s best visited in the morning when the light renders the gates at their most beautiful and the temperature is a bit cooler. Walk as far up as your energy permits, and head back down.

Along the pathway, you will also see plenty of stone foxes. The fox is considered to be the messenger of Inari – the god of rice and business. The fox is carrying a key in its mouth which is the key to the granaries.

During the fall season, we did our very best to capture the shot of the gates. However, there is really many people thus our advice is to reach earlier.


We walked into Ishibei-koji street, the most beautiful street in Kyoto. Going for a stroll here feels like stepping back in time to when samurais and geishas dominated the streets of Kyoto. At the end of Sannenzaka street, take a left and continue onto Kiyomizu-michi street and follow it uphill till you reach the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The hall has a huge verandah with stunning views of the hillside and Kyoto city.

You can also test your success in love by closing your eyes and walk 18 meters between two love stones. If you walk past the love stone, you will not find love. |

Believe me you would want to see the beautiful sunset here!

What to eat?

  • Nezameya; a restaurant with more than 400 years of history (it was established in 1592). The eel was smokey and delicious with the right amount of fattiness which was soaked up by the rice. Each mouthful happily melted away in my mouth. Try the Inari Sushi too, it will be a great experience.
  • Butaya Ton*ichi; Cooked fresh in front of you (if you’re sat at the bar table), extremely tasty pork at the reasonable price for the area. Although you may need to do a bit of queuing but it is worth the wait.

xoxo, Joe

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