|Wearing mask because the wind was really cold!|
Let's continue my Japan trip journey! Here is my 5th day in Japan. I decided to go to Kyoto for a day trip since it's not far from Osaka and there were some places that I had never been to before.
I and my parents took the JR Special Rapid Service Train from Shin-Osaka station to Kyoto Station. The fare was 560 yen one way. It's much cheaper than taking the shinkansen . The ride was about 25 minutes long. Only 10 mins difference with Shinkansen (the shinkansen's fare to Kyoto is 2600yen!)
The train's coach was quite old but it' super clean till there's not any single trash or even weird smell. You can tell that Japanese are very clean and tidy~~.
This was Kyoto Station. My first destination was Fushimi Inari. To go to Fushimi Inari, I had to change train and take the train to JR Inari Station. The station's exit gate was exactly right in front of the Fushimi Inari!
I had been wanting to visit this shrine ever since I saw people's posts on Instagram. The torii gates looked very gorgeous in my eyes. During my first visit to Japan in 2009, I also went to Kyoto, but only went to Kiyomizudera. So this time I skipped the places I had been to and explored new places ;)
Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Foxes are thought to be Inari's messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari Shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital's move to Kyoto in 794. (source)
- Seifuku Coat - bought in Shinsaibashi, Osaka
- Plaid shirt worn inside - bought in Dongdaemun, Seoul
- Mustard wavy knitted sweater & Bruno hat c/o Her Spot
- Boots from Forever21 Japan
- Bag from ZARA
- Skirt from Stradivarius
In most of Japan's shrines, they provide this spot to wash your hand and drink water from it.
It's almost Christmas & New Year! I decided to buy this torii miniature to write my wishes and hang it there. Hopefully all of it will come true ^O^
You can also write your wishes and draw the fox's face on this fox card !
The map! There are sooo many torii gates, it might take 2-3 hours to complete all of it. Because our time was limited, we decided to stop in the middle and took our time to have lunch and try their yummy snacks there.
There's a street full of food stalls in Fushimi Inari. You can find crepes, sweets, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, yakisoba, taiyaki, dango, mochi, anddd maaany other kind of Japanese food.
Taiyaki! As usual, Japan's red beans are the best!!
Dango. My mom bought one but she said it tasted kinda bland.
Delicious mochi with fresh ichigo (strawberry) :)
And here's the most crowded food stall , Yakisoba. The queue was very long. The seller cooked a freaking HUGE portion at one time to serve his customers quickier. Even the okonomiyaki seller in front of him helped him to pack the cooked yakisoba... I recored a video of it.. Shall I upload it on my youtube? :)
The taste was delicious, but it's very different with chinese/indonesian's fried noodle. Our noodles usually has a strong sweet soy sauce flavor, but since yakisoba used a different kind of sauce, it had an unique flavor! You must try this when you go to Japan . In 2009 , I tried yakisoba for the first time in Mount Fuji :)
Okonomiyaki, which was fully covered with katsuobushi (bonito flakes).
I and my parents' tongue suit Japanese food very well, which made our tummy (and cheeks for me) got bigger and bigger day by day. lol.
|Thanks to the kind stranger who took this pic of us !|
If you're wondering, the torii gates are donated by the visitors. The size of the gate will depend on how much money they donate. The more they donate, the bigger the gate will be! :)
Yay! So happy to tick off one of my wishlist to take photo inside the torii gates!
I'll continue the 2nd part of my Kyoto trip soon! Next destination is GION.
I decide not to post it in one time because there are just too many photos xP. See yaaa~~!