It was a race against time when visiting Fushimi Inari-Taisha. Although there’s no official closing time, the light of the sun is crucial for taking pictures! Being in such a rush I ended up leading us onto the rapid train, taking us three stations past our desired stop. We got there as the sun was setting, sprinting past the other late comers in our haste to get a good photo (i.e. no one in the background). It’s amazing, not only the sheer amount of gates, but also the sizes! Starting off small enough to touch the top, you don’t feel that sense of amazement until you delve deeper into the maze of the gates. In fact, following the lines of torii gates, it wasn’t until halfway through that we realised we had started on the hike up Mt. Inari. Never one to back down from a challenge, I was determined to make it to the top, much to the chagrin of my friend. It was dark when we reached the top, but there was a great view of Kyoto from its peak. While I think it would have been fun to visit Fushimi Inari-Taisha in the day, going outside of peak times proved for a memorable experience!
The climb back down was easy and quick (surprisingly well-lit too), partly driven by hunger and the need to pee. But we made it back to the station and found a restaurant serving Wesley’s food of choice, omurice. A Japanese dish that doesn’t really appeal to me much, so I got the rice and burger instead (not that great either). This pretty much ends our first day in Kyoto, one packed full of events, but a perfect way to tour Kyoto’s landscape on a time limit!