Restaurant Le Plat Plus:
We headed out to a neighborhood restaurant, a French Restaurant recommended by the concierge of Kyo-Suiran where we were staying in Arashiyama, Japan. The food was excellent, the environment so French, we highly recommend if you are in the area.
Fresh Pea Soup
Confit of Duck
This wine was delicious
More Photos from Arashiyama, Kyoto
Waiting for a bus
Local Train Station
Seeing Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine is the first place Natsuko took us. It was on our list of shrines to see, so this was perfect.
Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari.
The Entrance to the Shrine
Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari Shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital’s move to Kyoto in 794.
Walking through thousands of gates.
At the very back of the shrine’s main grounds is the entrance to the torii gate covered hiking trail, which starts with two dense, parallel rows of gates called Senbon Torii (“thousands of torii gates”). The torii gates along the entire trail are donations by individuals and companies, and you will find the donator’s name and the date of the donation inscribed on the back of each gate. The cost starts around 400,000 yen for a small sized gate and increases to over one million yen for a large gate.
Map of the trails
For more information on Japan and all that it has to offer, a great website is japan-guide.com
Getting around Kyoto:
When we got off of the train from Tokyo, with two heavy bags, the person in the taxi line was this adorable little woman. She argued with Steven about who was going to get the heavy bags in the trunk of her car…. she won. On the ride to the hotel, we discovered that her English was great. Wonderful, we asked if we could hire her as our driver and guide… She became a very important part of our travels through Kyoto. Her name is Natsuko. If you need a knowledgeable driver/guide in Kyoto, send me an email.
She is also a bit of a celebrity around town, because she is young, a woman, and speaks English, she has been in a few TV shows, and gets interviewed in the paper for her support of woman in the driver/guide workplace.
You will see her in other posts as we move along.
Arriving The Ritz Carlton Kyoto
Here we are on the amazing Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) heading to Kyoto. This train goes about 200 mph…..
Below is a picture of Mt Fuji, a highlight on the trip from Tokyo to Kyoto, the ride is a little over 2 hours.
These are beautiful Bento Boxes we had for lunch.
Eating In Tokyo:
I’ve waited days for this one, we were told this was the BEST Raman and Gioza in Tokyo, in fact we were also told it’s Jackie Chan’s favorite. They were right, it was ordered a second plate of Gioza. But get there early for lunch otherwise a line starts out the door.
Regular Pork Raman
Where The Line Starts