Visiting shrines, hiking (and losing some calories in the process!), exploring bamboo and pine tree forests, passing through thousands of torii gates, enjoying the overlooking view of the city with a beautiful sunset—everything you need to enjoy as a tourist in Kyoto is in Mt. Inari.
This mountain has many shrines, with Fushimi Inari Taisha being the most famous, as you go up. If you’re planning to visit during the peak season, expect lots of people. Lots and lots of them. It’ll be difficult to take decent photos and a short five-minute walk to the shrine could become 10 or 15 because of the slow walking crowd.
Trust me. I already learned my lesson from last year’s visit, but since our trip was dependent on an event, we had to fly to Japan during the Golden Week. While this is the case, it didn’t stop us from climbing the peak.
After watching Hyper Projection Engeki “Haikyuu” Winners vs. Losers at Tokyo Dome City Hall, we went straight to Gallery AaMo for the exhibit. We chose the right schedule because the hype from the stage play hasn’t died down yet and here we are seeing the costumes, props, and stage they used in the previous plays.
To celebrate the first episode of Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu, I’m making this blog post to spam you with photos that I took when we went to the Touken Ranbu Honmaru-Haku Exhibit at Grand Front Osaka. The exhibit featured character designs and storyboards from the anime, different visuals from the stage play, and even the costumes worn by the musical’s cast. All in all, I took 280+ photos in two hours and that wasn’t enough tbh.
Warning: This post is image heavy. I compressed the photos, so they can load faster both in PC and mobile. Enjoy!
The second part of our Ikebukuro food hopping is… NamjaTown! Instead of having desserts at J-World, we decided to go one floor down and get our sweet fix of a particular anime. I wouldn’t say I’m a die-hard fan of Yuri!!! on ICE, but many of its events coincide with our trip, so we don’t want to miss the chance.
After our little adventure at Ueno Park and Ueno Zoo, we went straight to Ikebukuro. It was already 2 P.M. and we haven’t had a decent meal. As a result, we went food hopping at three different places — J-World Tokyo, NamjaTown, and Adores Collaboration Cafe.