Japan 2016 (Day 5.2): Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Fushimi Inari, Kyoto + Dotonbori, Osaka

Fushimi Inari Taisha

After roaming Arashiyama, we took the bus to our next destination. We went to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari in the afternoon, then back to Osaka to roam around Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori in the evening. I ate and bought a lot in the latter part of our Kansai trip, but it was all worth it. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ 

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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The path leading to Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a steep and busy one. There are shops everywhere that sell food, accessories, and even clothes—a good spot for souvenir shopping. If you want to climb up in one go, you need to have the stamina and lots of patience. The crowd is crazy, or maybe it was bad timing for us because many middle schoolers were on a field trip that day. OTL

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I bought an omamori (amulet) for myself. There were middle schoolers blocking our way, so we ended up leaving the shrine area earlier than expected. Lesson learned: Visit at an earlier time.

Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari has been my number one must-visit place in Kyoto, mainly because of manga and anime references lol. When we arrived, we were welcomed by food stalls! #FOOOOOD

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I bought two kinds of taiyaki (fish-shaped bread), the regular one with the filling and the parfait version. The parfait has two flavors, and I bought the choco banana. It’s a mix of whipped cream, banana slices, choco syrup, and a stick of Pocky. If you’re the sweet tooth, you’ll definitely love this treat.

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One of my favorite stalls is Crystal Juice. It sells 100% pure orange and grapefruit juice for 500 yen. What the seller does is it peels/removes the top-most part of the fruit and then uses a machine (like a blender) to make its contents into juice. The best part is you drink it directly from the fruit. What an eco-friendly way to save on containers!

We had an interesting conversation with the seller, too. I asked (in Japanese) how much is the juice and after he gave me the answer, he started mumbling as I talked to my friend in Tagalog to translate.

We finally understood what he said after we gave the payment, “Maligayang Pasko.” It’s only the fifth month of the year and he’s already greeting us a Merry Christmas lol. We laughed and he continued saying, “Bili na, bili na.” There’s no direct English translation for this phrase, but it goes along the lines “come and buy, come and buy.”

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I bought another omamori as a souvenir that I can bring home. It’s for good health.

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It was a gloomy morning, but we’re glad that the weather became better in the afternoon. We were able to watch the sunset. Ah, so scenic. (T__T)

Next goal: To climb the peak and watch the sunset again.

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Dotonbori, Osaka

We rode the train from Fushimi Inari back to Osaka. It was already dark, so the timing was good. All the lights are open and the Shinsaibashi feels like a different place at night!

Of course, a signature photo of Glico’s The Running Man. Hehe.

Dotonbori, Osaka

We had so much fun that we underestimated the time looking for OCAT (Osaka City Air Terminal). Huhu. Knowing that the Japanese are always on time, we missed our night bus by three minutes. Fortunately, the staff were so kind and gave us directions to its next pick-up point. We rode a taxi and spent 2,000 yen for a 15-minute ride. Their flag-down rate is 750 yen. OTL

All in all, my first trip to the Kansai region is tiring yet satisfying. We barely had time to rest and eat, but I’m glad we accomplished 90% of our itinerary. Next stop, Akihabara!

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