Day 2 of Kansai trip started with going to Kyoto via train from Osaka station. This station is so darn biggg. They even got north and south gate, each with department stores. I don't know how the Japanese manage to keep their children un-lost in this place XD
Journey to Kyoto took about 55 minutes by train.You could cut it to 15 minutes by using shinkansen (bullet train) but of course the price would be higher. For those with JR pass for foreigner, certain types of shinkansen are included in the fee. I suggest you take JR pass if you're travelling for long distance travel, and for more than 7 days. If not, just purchase ICOCA card and top up everyday.The idea is the same as touch and go card, except you buy and top up using machine.
First stop was Nijo-jo (jo stands for castle in Japanese) Entry fee is 600 yen. Since we did not manage to go to Osaka castle, we found this visit interesting, as Japanese castle is waayy different than any castles in the world..not that I've been to many of them, but normally castles have lots of furnitures right? Well this one doesn't. Even high ruler like shogun have humble,spacious room in their castle. But the walls and ceilings are painted and carved so beautifully, you will immediately be reminded that this is in fact, a castle.
Taking pictures inside the castle are prohibited, so I bought a postcard that shows the interior. This is how it looks inside
We got a little lost while trying to find the next place lol. but it's quite ok since the view of fall season approaching is kinda cool
We hopped off at Kiyomizu-Gojo station and walk for about 20 minutes..actually it was more like 30 minutes since it's up on a hill =.="
This place was soo jam packed with tourists and locals! Lots of people were wearing kimono. We later learnt that in certain places, you could get discount up till 50% by only wearing kimono. So if you happened to have one, do wear it in kyoto!
View in kiyomizudera.
Just outside the temple,we could see lines of shops selling sweets,ice-cream,and souvenirs.
Phew..kiyomizudera was quite challenging with all the hike up and down. Plus the sun was violently shining above us (I have this habit of creating novel-like sentence so bare with me :P) We decided to take bus number 205 to go straight to Kyoto Station.
Situated just outside Inari station. In shinto religion, torii gates symbolizes the "door" to purity. torii gates in fushimi inari is special since they got thousands of them. each are being donated by successful businessman,therefore the name of the donor are carved on each gate.
Second day was so tiring since we got to travel back to Osaka, that took another one hour. But it was definitely fun! :)
Day 3 : Nishiki
do market, Kinkakuji & Arashiyama