At the gates of Fushimi Inari shrine

We floated through tunnels of bright vermilion, passing by a blur of kanji characters, black font etched in columns on either side. Thirsty and exhausted from the trek up the mountain stairs, we encouraged each other to keep climbing. The steps were a steep incline and our legs trembled against the hard rock, but our senses were alert, piqued by the sights and sounds all around us. The path that was normally well defined would periodically detour as trailing steps into the lush forest; stones that were somehow forgotten by time…We were in Kyoto, a magical journey up to the head shrine of Fushimi Inari Taisha. 

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Kyoto Itinerary for 3 days

Kyoto may be considered as one of the world’s most culturally rich cities; 17 UNESCO world heritage sites is no easy task! And is a vision of traditional Japan that one reads about in books and magazines.

The city has a LOT to offer: ancient temples with serene and sublime gardens, colorful shrines, historic Geisha district and traditional restaurants that still honor the historic way of serving food and tea. Three days won’t seem enough, and the place will leave you yearning for more…but if you plan well in advance, you can (at least) cover the key sites offering a glimpse into the city’s historic past…

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