Thursday, July 7, 2016

Kyoto Travel: Visiting Southeastern Area

The top choice of tourist locations in Kyoto, ranked by TripAdvisor, is Fushimi Inari Taisha. The primary reason most foreign visitors come to Fushimi Inari Taisha is to explore the mountain trails. It is also famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates (鳥居 / とりい).

In this article, we will cover the traveling details to the Southeastern area of Kyoto.

Southeastern Kyoto

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社; video) best of the best[8]
    • Torii gates
      • Straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings.
    • Hiking
      • The hike to the summit of the mountain and back takes about 2-3 hours
      • There are a few restaurants along the way, which offer locally themed dishes such as Inari Sushi and Kitsune Udon ("Fox Udon"), both featuring pieces of aburaage (fried tofu), said to be a favorite food of foxes.
      • At Yotsutsuji intersection (roughly half way up the mountain), you can enjoy some nice views over Kyoto. And, the trail splits into a circular route to the summit from there.
    • Admission: Free
    • Hours: Always open
  • Tofukuji Temple | (東福寺) outstanding
    • Tofukuji is a large Zen temple in southeastern Kyoto that is particularly famous for its spectacular autumn colors.
    • Two paid areas
      • Hojo (the head priest's former living quarters)
        • Gardens are built surrounding the building on all sides.
          • Each garden has a different character, employing pebbles, large rocks, moss, trees and checkered patterns
      • Tsutenkyo Bridge and Kaisando Hall
        • Tsutenkyo Bridge
          • Spans a valley of lush maple trees and is famous for its autumn colors
        • Kaisando Hall
          • The stone path in front of the Kaisando is flanked by contrasting gardens on both sides, a dry rock garden on the left and a lush pond garden on the right.
    • Admission
      • 400 yen for both
        • Tsutenkyo Bridge and Kaisando Hall
        • Hojo and gardens
    • Hours
      • 9 am to 4:30 pm (April to October)
      • 9 am to 4 pm (Early December to March)

Get There and Get Around

Fushimi Inari Taisha is located just outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line (5 minutes, 140 yen one way from Kyoto Station, not served by rapid trains). The shrine can also be reached in a short walk from Fushimi Inari Station along the Keihan Main Line.


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