One of the first directions we took in Kyoto was its Southern Part.
Fushimi Inari is said to be the most important Shinto shrine dedicated to Inari, the god of rice. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion tori gates, which mark out the whole network of paths through the forest of Mount Inari. This was a good physical exercise for us; a quick way to warm up and loose breath ;) We were definitely not fit enough for these trails, unlike small Sayuri in a famous scene from ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ movie (below).
Foxes are believed to be messengers of Inari, thus there are a lot of statues resembling foxes can be seen on the way.
A tiny restaurant was bursting with guests- either fried fish was really good or the spectacle of preparing it worked like a magnet on its clients… the second definitely worked on me as I must have been observing it for good 10 min.
‘Kafka on the shore’ by Haruki Murakami was a good companion in Japan.