World Trip 2015: Day 25 – Hiroshima to Kyoto, Japan

Monday 11 May 2015
 Shrine Gates at Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Sushi train.

An early morning start leaving our hotel in Hiroshima for Kyoto that include two trains, the first was about 1 hour 30 minutes to Osaka and then another 15 minute bullet train to Kyoto.  Our hotel (Ibis Kyoto) was right across from the station so a quick bag drop at reception and we were off to see the Shrine Gates.The Japan Rail Passes definitely got a lot of use today.  The Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine gates are very famous, even I had seen them without knowing there exact location. On visiting you undertake a traditional prayer; two head bows, two loud handclaps, a prayer and then bow again. 

Shrine Gates at Fushimi Inari-Taisha

During the visit three Japanese school girls approached my to take part in a survey which was really a test of their English skills.  This finished with a photo and one of the girls giving me an origami flower as a thank you.  A nice touch.

We returned to the main train station and Ted showed us some ‘unusual’ restaurants. One of the unusual aspects was ordering the meal from a vending type machine, then waiting outside for the staff to fletch you to a shared table, weird but very efficient.

The train station was massive and had a huge array of shops many boutiques and higher end plus a posh hotel.  In many ways it was a high end shopping complex with a major train station attached.

Next up was an optional visit to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.  There was a problem with the trains so we took a bus.  The Bamboo path was like a step back in time to another place.

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

We also walked the countryside with about half the group, including myself going to another shrine which was memorable for the cemetery , and the other half going to a very nice small 

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

The night time was free time but a number of the group got together and visited a sushi train restaurant that was enjoyable to watch you potential food rotated around the room.  Being a Monday they didn’t refill the train often but I liked my choices 🍤😎

About Nathan

A World traveller who has so far experienced 71 countries (76 by June 2023) in this amazing world.
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