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Classic Kyoto: The Famous Fushimi Inari ShrineSharing is caring 104 104SharesWhen you search Kyoto on Google, Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the top images you would see. If you only have a day in Kyoto, I highly recommend to prioritize this over other attractions since this is one of the highlight of Kyoto. Fushimi Inari Shrine is best known for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. When you visit the shrine, you would notice that there are lots of foxes, it is said that these foxes are the messenger of Inari, the god of rice Before you enter the shrine, you would see a map that would show you the mountain trail to get to the top. Since this is a very important shrine and also very touristy, you should expect lots of crowds. If you prefer a peaceful hike without much crowds and tourists, you should come really early or really late at night. This shrine is open 24 hours and has no entrance fee which is really great. You can take photos without any photo bombers since most tour buses and crowds will arrive at around 9:00 am. If you arrived later in the morning or in the afternoon, you can still take a photo without much crowd, just keep walking and the crowds will be lesser. Most people will not finish hike to the top, most of them will leave halfway the hike. Before you leave, don’t forget to check the souvenir shops and try out some snacks. I always collect fridge magnets whenever I travel so I was really glad I was able to find some Fushimi Inari Shrine fridge magnet in the souvenir shops, it’s a great souvenir to bring home. I highly recommend Fushimi Inari Shrine if you visit Kyoto, it is definitely a must see and it will also be a great experience. It is also really easy to access, it is just outside JR Inari Station, two stops from Kyoto station. You can’t leave Kyoto without visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine Booking.com Check out what else we did in Kyoto Exploring Arashiyama in Kyoto One Day in Kyoto: How to Maximize Your Day Trip Other cities in Japan Itinerary for Nagoya: Day Trip From Osaka Nabana no Sato: Winter Illumination in Japan Hidden Gem in Kobe: Nunobiki Herb Garden Mt Fuji Shibazakura Festival 104Shares 104
Japan Spring Look book 2019Sharing is caring 1 1ShareJapan is my favorite country. Spring is my favorite season. My favorite time to travel to Japan is during Spring season where you’ll see pink everywhere. I went to Japan last March 25 – 31, 2019 and I had an amazing time. Here’s what I wore during our trip. On our first day, we explored Arashiyama in the morning and explored Dotonbori in the afternoon. I chose a pink long coat to match with the colors of the Kimono Forest. This is one of the coats that I really like. *This site contains affiliate links. I may receive commissions when you make a purchase from the link I have provided with no additional cost to you as a consumer* Similar Pink Long Coat: Kate Kasin Women’s Casual Spring Long Trench Coat with Belt(S Light Pink) Romacci Women’s Coat Long Sleeve Pocket Longline Winter Fall Warm Coat Overcoat On our second day, we spent the whole day at Universal Studios Japan. I chose a beige coat that I have bought in Sunshine City, Ikebukuro, Tokyo last April 2016 Similar Beige Coat: Via Spiga Women’s Single Breasted Pleated Trench Coat, Sand, Large On our third day, we went back to Kyoto and explore Fushimi Inari in the morning then we went to Kiyomizu dera and Gion in the afternoon. I chose a red high neck sweater from Uniqlo, and a beige faux leather skirt, with an beige long cardigan I bought from CLN, a local brand here in the Philippines. Similar Red Sweater: Womens Long Sleeve/Half Sleeve Slim Fit Mock Turtleneck Stretch Comfy Basic T Shirt Layer Top Wine Red Similar Faux Leather Skirt: Simplee Apparel Women’s High Waist Faux Suede Mini Short Bodycon Skirt Camel Similar Beige Long Cardigan: MAYSIX APPAREL Womens Long Sleeve Long Line Knit Sweater Open Front Cardigan W/Pocket Khaki L On our fifth day, we went on a day trip to Kobe from Osaka and explored the beautiful herb garden. Since we took the cable car to the mountains, it was going to be super cold. I chose a navy blue double breasted coat that I bought from Tokyo and paired it with a pink scarf Similar Navy Blue Coat: Yeokou Women’s Causal Double Breasted Full Length Long Trench Coat with Belt (X-Large, Navy Blue) Pink Scarf: Bellonesc Silk Scarf 100% silk Long Lightweight Sunscreen Shawls for Women (light pink) Our fifth day, we went on a day trip to Nagoya. It was my favorite part of the trip. This was my most favorite outfit of the trip. I chose a beige blazer over a plain white shirt and paired it with a pink maxi pleated skirt. I love maxi pleated skirts since they are also a huge trend this year. Similar Blazer: ASMAX HaoDuoYi Womens Cape Sim Fit Split Bussiness Blazer Jacket Beige Similar Skirt: CHICFOR Womens Solid Bohemian Pleated Maxi Skirt High Elastic Waist Plus Size Long Skirt(One Size, Pink) Another advice that I have is that spring weather in Japan is unpredictable. Even though it was spring, it sure felt like it was winter. This year, the sakura season was much colder than the last so it’s nice to pack in layers or a Heattech clothing from Uniqlo. Spring fashion is my favorite and I am blessed enough that I was able to visit my favorite country during my favorite seaon Booking.com 1Share 1
Exploring Arashiyama in KyotoSharing is caring 53 53Shares It is my second trip to Japan and my fist time in Kansai Region. On our first day, we woke up so early and head to Arashiyama, Kyoto. Our first stop was Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, here you’ll be in awe of the towering bamboo trees, it’s such a fairy tale moment. You will see lots of crowds and tourists when you enter but once you walk deeper, the crowd will lessen and you can take photo with no photo bombers. Access: 10-minute walk from JR Saga-arashiyama Station on the JR Sagano Line1-minute walk from Kyoto Bus Stop Keifuku Arashiyama-eki-ma / City Bus Stop 3-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Randen Arashiyama Line 15-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Hankyu Railway Once we were done exploring the bamboo forest, we visited the nearby Tenryu-ji Temple. This temple is so beautiful especially during spring season where you can see lots of sakura or cherry blossoms and during autumn season where you can enjoy the fall foliage. We went there March 26, 2019, but the cherry blossoms were only starting to bloom so we didn’t really see any. This temple’s main attraction is the Zen garden which dates back to the 14th century. There, you’ll see a large pond, it is a great photo spot, especially during autumn season since the pond will catch the reflection of the maple leaves After exploring the temple, we went to Orgel Music Box Shop since my mom really loves collecting music boxes. We also stopped by for some snacks along the way. Aside from street foods, there are also cute shops on our way to the music box shop but I personally feel that the merchandise they sell in Arashiyama is a bit overpriced. I recommend Kiyomizu-dera for souvenir shopping. You need to cross the Togetsukyo bridge to get to the music box shop. The music box shop is so cute and has lots of unique music boxes. My mom bought three! On our way back, we stopped by Kimono Forest before heading back to Kyoto Station. Tourists who go to Arashiyama mainly visit the Bamboo Forest since it is touristy but just a few blocks from it is Kimono Forest, an underated place and a hidden gem. Few tourists knows about it and it’s such a unique place, away from the crowds of the bamboo Forest. Beside the Kimono Forest is a local train station where there are also lots of snack stands. I bought a strawberry daifuku but I forgot to take a photo. It’s a seasonal snack during spring season. Kimono Forest was our final stop in Arashiyama before heading to Kyoto station to eat lunch. The best part about this is that all of these places are within walking distance so it is very easy to access. 53Shares 53