|Our group photo at the Byodo-in Temple grounds|
Today is D-Day, Japan's Labor Thanksgiving Day, and we're all geared up to meet the crowds. Just how bad can it get? Our first stop is a very popular temple called Tofukuji. We intentionally scheduled a trip to the outskirts of Kyoto to avoid the crowds in the city itself, with the exception of this temple. We figured that if we arrived here early, we can miss the crowds. Lesson learned - Japanese people wake up very early!
|Trudging along like army ants, and we are just following the crowd|
We left our hotel at 8am, and caught the bus from in front of our hotel to Tofukuji. It was strange, the bus had seats for us! When we got down, we saw not many people around. What's going on? Maybe this isn't that bad after all. We walked and rounded the corner, and we found the rest of the army ants. Looking up and down the trail of army ants, we saw no end to the queue. We just joined in and walked along with them. After paying the 350¥ entrance fees, we found even more people if that were possible. It was really amusing to enjoy this temple with the crowds. Once again, let the photos do the talking.
|This is the first shot we tried to get inside Tofukuji Temple|
|This is the crowd we had to get through to get the previous shot|
|And this is the view from the opposite side of the first shot|
|What's going on? Wait, this is the ONLY WAY OUT OF HERE??|
|Poor cameraman had to lug his equipment through the crowds|
|People are everywhere in the photos|
From here, we chose to take a nice stroll to the town of Inari. This is the namesake of the Japanese sushi item that looks like a tofu skin. Being really afraid of the crowd, we found our lunch restaurant at 10:30am, and it was open. So we had "lunch" at 10:30am instead kekeke.
|Freshly made inari skin|
|Nezameya Restaurant - operating since 1592!|
Our main purpose here was to visit the Fushimi Inari shrine. We saw many many photos of people posing in front of these arch-like orange shrines. But why do my photos all have people in them?? Each shrine has a corporation or someone's name written behind it, which I believe is the person who donated for that particular pillar. Very impressive with over 500 of these.
|Soooooooo cute (the one on the right)|
|You tell me, how to get a nice signature shot here??|
|Waiting patiently for us gals shopping outside Fushimi Inari shrine. Surprisingly good shopping here!|
|A vending machine for batteries. No it doesn't work anymore.|
|Shopping for green tea at Byodo-In Shopping Street|
|On the grounds of Byodo-In Temple|
|This is a famous author's statue, who wrote The Tale of Genji - sometimes called the world's first novel|
|A very famous green tea dessert shop. But, more than 1 hour to wait|
|So we went in and ta-pao this instead. Very nice!|
|Our seafood dinner for 4 came to 4310¥. Not bad for that much seafood.|
Other posts in this series:
Autumn in Kyoto 2013 - Planned Itinerary
Autumn in Kyoto - Day 1 (22 Nov 2013)
Autumn in Kyoto - Day 2 (23 Nov 2013)
Autumn in Kyoto - Day 3 (24 Nov 2013)
Autumn in Kyoto - Day 4 (25 Nov 2013)
Autumn in Kyoto - Day 5 Final (26 Nov 2013)