Wednesday, December 18, 2013

playing tourist (day 1)

IMG_4678 Our family friend, D is visiting from Hawaii, so this past Sunday, I tagged along and played tourist with him and his friends.

Our first stop was Fushimi Inari in Kyoto. It had been ages since I had been there that I really didn't remember visiting it.

Before exploring the shrine, we stopped into Oumi-ya for lunch.

If you are near an Inari shrine what better food to have than inarizushi, right?!

We had the kitsune udon and inarizushi set...the day was overcast and kinda icy, so this was perfect.

DSC04677 After lunch we explored the shrine.

Tons of torii (gateways). These are all donated by businesses as well as families. The size of the torii depends on the donation.

DSC04682 To get to the top of the mountain, you need to climb a LOT of stairs.

There was a hiking club that was there and boy were those seniors speedy!

DSC04684 And then we headed to Arashiyama.

What a treat it was to see a rainbow! definitely a rarity in Osaka.

IMG_4682 Since it was Sunday, we met Satoshi after his German class.

Everyone was feeling a bit peckish, so we popped into Koro-kaki for a little something.

I had the black bean warabi mochi.

This cafe is located in a very old Japanese house. So old that their bathroom is located outside...ahem!

In fact, Satoshi explained that old Japanese houses didn't have hallways, so to get from one room to another you had to go out of the house to the room you wanted to get to...whoa?!

Which explained why the owner kept coming from outside to serve the different tables...

IMG_4702 Then after the sun set, we walked to an area that was participating in a light up called "Hanatouro".

Satoshi and I had checked this out in 2006 but my photos didn't come out too nice then. I remember it being darker, not as lit up, I must say it has gotten better!

IMG_4708 Despite the icy winds and rain, it was a nice way to spend a Sunday with friends.

Oumi-ya
82-4 Fukasa inari onmae-cho
Fushimi, Kyoto
Phone: 075.641.2009

Koro-kaki
Next door to Rakushisha
Arashiyama, Kyoto
Phone: n/a

7 comments:

Lindsay-Jean said...

Sounds like a great day!

rubberslippersinitaly said...

The orange gateways photo looks like it belongs in an architectural mag, and the hanatouro! Wow!

OhayoBento said...

This post really makes me miss Japan! :) I absolutely loved Fushimi Inari!

vicki nagahiro said...

I love your blog!
I just went to those places in March and October and even ate the same thing at that restaurant too! Soooo yummy!
My goal is to get to the top of Fushimi Inari one day. Both times, I was with unwilling :( people!
But, I got to see the monkeys at Arashiyama!

K and S said...

it was a great day LJ :)

Thanks Rowena :)

I hope you can come back soon Heather!

aw *blush* thanks Vicki! I hope you get a chance to come back soon too!

Take care everyone!
Kat

K said...

What a nice day! It's fun to play tourist without traveling too far sometimes :o)

K and S said...

so true K!

Take care.
Kat