It’s Day 4 and today we explore Kyoto! Since we wanted to arrive at Fushimi Inari early before the crowd arrives, we grabbed a quick breakfast at Starbucks (because nothing else was opened that early!) located at Porta Shopping Mall, Kyoto Station.
The JR Inari Station – a cute and quaint little station.
After spending a couple hours at Fushimi Inari (see detailed post HERE), we decided to go back to the hotel for a short rest instead of going straight to our next destination – Kiyiomizudera Temple. It was very hot and we were tired from all the hiking up the temple. The jet lag was not helping either.
Alternatively, you can go directly from Fushimi Inari to Kiyiomizudera by taxi or by train
The great thing about staying at Hotel Granvia Kyoto is that we can go straight from the train to the hotel. This works really well if you are traveling with younger kids. After a short rest & a quick lunch at Kyoto Station, (did I tell you they have an awesome food court at the lower 2 floors of Isetan?), we took a taxi to Kiyiomizudera It costs about ¥1100 (USD$10). If you have limited time like us, then it is better to take the taxi but if you have plenty of time, take the bus.
Kiyomizudera Temple was very crowded as expected. The entrance fee to the temple is ¥300 (USD$2.75) per adult and ¥200 (USD$1.85) per child . These tickets make really pretty bookmark souvenirs!
We were a little disappointed with Kiyomizudera because most of the temple were under construction.
Even though it is a little disappointing, I will have to agree that it is time to renovate because this main building is definitely starting to show its age.
After leaving the temple, we headed down Sannenzaka (shown on the 1st photo) and wandered around the traditional shops.
Then we took a taxi to Nishiki Market. We didn’t spend too long there because most of the shops were either closed or getting ready to close.
After exiting the market, we walked to Daimaru shopping mall and the foodie in us could not resist checking out their food court. Seriously we love the food courts in Japan. A couple of snacks later, it was time to hop on the train back to Kyoto Station.
Next, we travel to Nara & Osaka ……