We’re not going to Kyoto this time around, but one of my absolute favourite memories from my first trip to Japan was the day we went to this amazing shrine.
It took us a couple of hours to climb (it’s all stairs, but a great deal of stairs). It wasn’t a hard climb, but it’s a bit slow at first because there are so many people. We were about 3/4 of the way up before we could get pictures with nobody else in the gates.
But it’s absolutely worth it, imo, the day was beautiful, there are tons and tons of little shrines hidden away… And that’s just the first part of it!
When you get to the top, you can either a) go back down the direct route to the train station, back down the stairs, or there are a couple of really random tiny side-paths that go who-knows-where… but since the mountain in the middle of the city, no matter which way you go down, eventually you’ll find a train, right? Google maps works on the mountain, so it’s not like you’re REALLY getting lost, anyway.
So we did that.
The third photo from the top, one of my faves, is from that section of trail. There were tons more shrines, a carpentry workshop, monkeys in the trees and absolutely gorgeous scenery.
And at the bottom of the mountain (but before actually making it back into town) the road went through a really pretty bamboo grove that neither of us were expecting to find!
Also I narrowly missed getting hit by a falling persimmon! (ps if you’re ever there in the fall and are afraid of spiders, don’t stray from the path. There were tons of Golden Orb Weavers! (Not dangerous at all, but they are huge…)
If we ever go back to Kyoto I’m pretty sure we’re going to want to do this again!