Torii gates! Japan day 19

Kyoto

Had breakfast at the hotel again. I made myself a delicious breakfast croissantwich at the buffet. Had received a msg from Dave early in the morning informing that himself and Rob were up late and would likely not be joining us that day. Too bad because it was a beautiful hot sunny day. Brendan, Chris and I took the train south to the Fushimi Inari shrine area. It was bustling with tourists and school kids.

Made it!

We wandered around the various old buildings until we reached the start of the torii gates. SO cool. They go on forever. We followed the 2km path all the way to the top. It was a really neat place.


Fushimi Inari


There are a few torii gates here...


Mail delivery!


Turtles!

At the top, Chris got his favourite Calpis drink from a vending machine (I think he just really likes saying it). I waited till we descended to one of the main lower levels where Brendan and I had delicious ice cream. Mmmm!


Made it to the top!




Vending machine at the top, woot!


Takin' a breather at the top


Heading back down


Getting a rock for Jenn's mum


Got the rock!




Goodbye, Fushimi Inari!

We headed back towards the north side of town to the temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kinkakuji. This was a much less intensive excursion, but the golden temple was very splendid.




Kinkakuji




We checked out some souvenir shops and then headed back to the hotel to meet up with Rob and Dave.

We asked the concierge for recommendations on a good Kobe beef restaurant and they made reservations for us at Itoh.

After some wandering, we found the Itoh restaurant and were brought to a spacious private dining room (with proper chairs!). We all ordered the Kobe Beef set menu which came with lots of small appetizer dishes. They were all really yummy and well presented. And then came the beef, which was really delicious!

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