Saturday, July 24, 2010

Travelling to Kyoto: The Fushima Inari Shrine

Mukesh Williams

This is the main shrine built in the 8th century in Kyoto and is at the apex of nearly 30,000 shrines spread over Japan. The shrine celebrates the god of rice and sake and has been quite popular with the monarchy. The shrine runs for nearly 4 kilometers along a mountain trail with many red gates or tori donated over the years by various organizations including the local government. It is possible to see the Kyukoku University in this area. The shrine is just in front of Inari JR Station.

If you are in the Tokyo area you could either take a bullet train or shinkansen from Tokyo Central or from Shin Yokohama to Kyoto. Any of the shinkansen called Nozomi, Hikari, Kodama would take you to Kyoto. The train takes two hours to reach Kyoto and is quite conformable. So if you take the train at 8: 59 a. m. you are in Kyoto at 11:02 a. m. The journey would cost you about 26000 yen and you can return the same day if you plan carefully. Please check the timetable at the following website:
http://www.hirokim.ph/common/pdf/Eastbound.pdf

1 comment:

Smita Tewari said...

must be great to be in Tokyo!
always a pipe-dream for most of us!
congrats on all ur achievements!