We visited last weekend Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Kinkaku-ji temple (“The Golden Pavilion”). On Friday we conquered the mountain Inari which became also a calf muscle exercise. OMG how much my calf muscles hurt the next day AND also on Sunday. Funny thing about the name Inari is that there is also a town in Finland named Inari and in Japan it is the god of rice. I don’t know why but there was lots of cats in the mountain. I am not a big fan of cats but the kittens were adorable. The entrance to Fushimi Inari Shrine was free but to Kinkaku-ji the entrance fee was 400 yens (less than 3 euros).
We went all the way to the top! It took us around 50 minutes.
On Saturday we visited the Kinkaku-ji temple is also called the Golden Pavilion. Basically there was a small garden, the temple and too many tourists aggressively trying to take a photograph of themselves and the temple (that’s at least how it felt). Of course I joined the others and was able to get a picture of me and the shining temple. We also saw koi fishes (they are so awesome!!) and turtles.
In Kyoto it is very easy to visit the tourist attractions because there are many buses that leave from the Kyoto Station and go straight to the attraction. Funny thing about the buses is that you enter the buses from the middle part of the bus and hop off from the front. You also pay when you are leaving by putting money to a machine that automatically counts whether you put the right amount or not.