Konnichiwa. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to show you around Fushimi Inari in Kyoto this time.
Passing Through 1000 Gates! Senbon Torii at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto
You may have seen it on TV or web. It is a part of Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto which is like the headquarter of all Inari shrines in Japan. Due to its scenery of massive numbers of Torii gates, it has been popular especially by foreign tourists. Apparently, there are more than 1,000 gates and still increasing.
68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City
There’s a Omokaruishi stone at the end of Senbon Torii. Try lift this up and if the stone is lighter than you thought it would be, your wish would come true.
Get Your Own Torii!
Did you know that these Torii gates are all donated by including private businesses or individuals. So you could do it also as long as you pay the price. This shows the price list and what size of Torii you can get. Interesting huh?
I would like to introduce one of best accommodation in Kyoto this time. Few years ago, I had the chance to travel in Kyoto for a couple of days. It was Golden Week during at that time, one of the long holidays and busy seasons in Japan. We stayed at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji, located nearby Nishihongan-ji Temple. We were lucky to get a reservation at this place during this season. Especially in Kyoto, you need to make reservation months in advance because places get fully booked quickly during holidays.
Accommodation in Kyoto: Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji
Although only less than 20 minutes away from the Kyoto Station, Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji is in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood. The place has a traditional atmosphere and furniture made out of wood. There is a small Japanese garden in the middle of it, behind a glass window right next to the lobby.
Less than 2o minutes by foot.
Less than 15 minutes by bus.
About 10 minutes by car.
This ryokan has Japanese-style (traditional and modern ones) and western-style rooms. The room we got is on the second floor, a modern Japanese room good for 3 persons. From the window, you can see the garden. The room is equipped with toilet and bathroom, small refrigerator, TV, couch, table and chairs. The tatami mat area is elevated. It’s quite compact but comfortable enough. Basic amenities are also provided and a yukata!