We started our second day at the Fushimi-Inari Taisha, which is a shinto shrine. This was one of the top things I wanted to see while we were in Kyoto. This shrine complex was dedicated to the gods of rice and sake by the Hata family in the 8th century. Today, it's one of Japan's most popular shrines and is the head shrine for the 30,000 different Inari shrines scattered across Japan. These Torii line a path up the Inari mountain and goes 4km up; there are thousands of red torii. #getineducated #thankslonelyplanet
After the Inari shrine, we grabbed a quick lunch at Kyoto train station and then headed off to Eikan-do, another Buddhist temple. It was founded in 855 by the priest Shinsho. This temple was gorgeous for all the fall foliage we got to see.
We then walked on the Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy). The path takes its name from one of its most famous strollers, Nishida Kitaro, a philospher, who is said to have meandered a long the path lost in thought.
We ended up at the Ginkaku-ji (another Buddhist temple). The meticulously raked cones of white sand are said to be symbolic of a mountain and a lake.
After the temples, we took the bus to a bar in the Gion district. It is Kyoto's famous entertainment and geisha neighborhood. We had read about this bar in Anthony Bourdain's book "Rice, Noodle, Fish". It's called the Common One Bar and it's in a nondescript little alley way with cobblestone streets and little wooden buildings. You slide this wooden gate open and walk down a stone path lit with little pathway lights to a building in the back. A little expensive but pretty cool little place and known as one of their geisha bars. Nate got to sample lots of Japanese whiskey. And we also learned from the bartender that the west side of Japan (including Kyoto) calls geishas 'geikos' and when they're in training 'meikos' (pronounced guy-ko, and may-ko). The east side of Japan (including Tokyo) refer to them as geishas. #interestingfact #gettineducated #thanksbartender
We then went to grab dinner at a kaiseki (type of Kyoto dinner, around 6-10 course sampling) restaurant he also recommended but it was booked and we had #noreservations (ironic?) Found a quick spot nearby off tripadvisor called SugarHill. Decent food and great service. Had a little sampling of little dishes and some sake. We asked our waiter, Takao, for a recommendation for a good little hole in the wall bar nearby. He recommended a spot called "Jelly Bean Rocket" #nojoke #coolassname We wandered along the canal until we stumbled upon it a few blocks later. It was down in the basement of some building near a Family Mart.
We walked in, and get this, same bartender we had had the night before at the 'Man in the Moon'! What are the chances? #outofallthebarsinkyoto #youhadtowalkintothisone Turns out, our bartender had done a year abroad as a foreign exchange student in Colorado so he spoke good english. There was only about 4 of us total in the bar, plus the bartender and owner. Perfect type of spot Nate and I were looking for. We also invited our waiter from dinner to come join us after work and he did! #ilovejapanesepeople We had a blast talking with everyone and drinking until about 2am when we called it a night.
New word we learned "fu uh fu" - means married. One of my favs because it's fun to say :) And plus, why wouldn't I want to brag about being married to Nate? :)
Follow in our Footsteps:
68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 612-0882
〒606-8445 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Sakyo Ward, 永観堂町48
Price: 600 yen (adult), 400 yen (child)
Path begins at Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) and ends in the neighborhood of Nanzenji (not too far from Eikan-do)
Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion)
2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8402
Price: 500 yen (adults), 300 yen (children)
Hours: 8:30am-5pm (Mar-Nov), 9am-4:30pm (Dec-Feb)
Common One Bar
〒605-0082 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 東山区新橋通大和大路東入元吉町46 何生館内
〒600-8028 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Tominagacho (Kawaramachidori), 松原 下がる 植松 町 725 片岡 ビル
Hours: 5pm-11pm (closed Sunday)
Jelly Bean Rocket
〒600-8012 京都府京都市下京区木屋町通四条下る斎藤町123 西石垣会館サクラビル木屋町Ⅱ B1F
Megan Bond - AUTHOR
Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!