Saturday, July 03, 2010

JAPAN! Blog-on-the-Spot! Day 9-10: Kiyomizudera Temple, Fushini Inari Shrine, Nishiki Market, From Kyoto to Osaka

More temple-hopping in Kyoto. We were not prepared that the temples and shrines span over such a big area. Hence, we ended up spending more time at each temple. However, we managed to make it to the planned temple visits. But we have only visited less than 5% of the temples in Kyoto! Yes Kyoto is full of enormous temples and shrines! It is just a matter of time, they all looked the same.
One main temple to visit for both tourists and locals is the Kiyomizudera Temple which is famous for its protruding platform that sits over a hill, and also its natural spring water that has been running out from the ground for centuries! It is a common practice to drink from either of the three water fountains, as each symbolizes a certain meaning.
Fushini Inari Shrine area is probably familiar to many from the movie "Memoirs of the Geisha". The path is lined with thousands of gates and runs all the way up the mountain! A magnificent view and trek!
Nishiki Market is where you find local produces, foodstuff and souveniers.
By evening, we were in Osaka!
Here we are in a sleazy district where everywhere are girls in costume maid outfits, bars and shops that opening display images of nude ladies.
I think I am in the right place!

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