Fushimi Inari taisha & East Kyoto
Dates: 30 Mar
On my last day in Kyoto I decided to do the famous Inariyama/Fushimi Inari taisha walkway, a path leading through thousands of Torii gates. Being inside them is quite the sight. The full circuit can take 2-3 hours to walk around, but once I’d walked around half of these for an hour that was enough for me so I decided to cut off halfway up and make my way up a few of the temples on the east side of Kyoto: Sennyu-ji, Chisaku-in & Kiyomizu-dera, ending with a short walk through the Gion district again.
I then hopped on the train over to Honkoku-ji expecting to see another bamboo grove similar to Arashiyama, but alas my googling skills were pretty poor here because there is a Honkoku-ji temple over in Kamakura too which is the one with the bamboo grove… So while the one in Kyoto was a nice enough place to walk around I can’t help but feel disappointed that I didn’t see the bamboo I saw when I googled the temple. Lesson learned on that one.
After the disappointing realisation that I wasn’t going to see another bamboo grove I decided to go for a hike through the forest between Honkoku-ji and Nanzen-ji temple. The walk through the forest was uneventful but emerging from a walkway in the trees to the back end of the temple was worth it in the end, Nanzen-ji is an impressive temple too.