I got up early to get to Kyoto. I’d decided that neither the Kansai Thru Pass nor any of the other day/multi day passes would be economical for me as I was looking to only travel on 1 day and I was going to use a number of different train companies. I took the Osaka subway from Dobutsuen-mae to Kitahama for 240yen, then I transfered to the Keihan line to Fushimi-Inari for 400yen. I really love taking the train. Just sitting there watching the landscape pass by. Seeing all the houses and gardens and the beautiful landscape. There is usually always something interesting to look at.
Arriving at the station just follow the foot traffic. The station is not far from the shrines. The path up to the shrines was lined by food stalls selling all kinds of food and souvenirs. they were selling different kinds of grilled meat skewers, grilled seafood, grilled sweet dumplings (yaki dango), taiyaki, yaki soba, ice cream and much more. It was really interesting to see and smelled phenomenal.
Fushimi Inari Taisha is a shrine complex with one main shrine and thousands of smaller shrines all over the place. There are beautiful fox statues everywhere as white foxes are Inari okami’s messengers. there are usually displayed holding something in their snout.
It was almost impossible to get a nice photo of the torii as people were waving their selfie-sticks around everywhere or you were incumbered by the tripods wielding crowd.
I was surprised to find that some of the smaller shrines further up Mt. Inari also had Shisa, Chinese dog statues, that I remember from Okinawa.
There are several paths up onto the mountain. i am not sure if they all converge at some point but I followed one path up the mountain for a little while. It went through a beautiful bamboo forest, which looked like it was a managed forest with people working there. Nonetheless it was very quiet and relaxing away from the din of the main paths with the tourists.
After a while I turned back as I knew that if I climbed Mt Inari I wold not be able to go to Nara today. I re-joined the walk through the torii where I had turned off the path previously and finished the loop to get out at the entrance buildings again. I shopped around for some souvenirs for while and then made my way to the JR station.
I have split down the post for day 9 into two parts as otherwise it would have been waaay to long. Fingers crossed this will upload okay this is the third attempt.