Today, I decided to keep it pretty light and chill. After my adventures the previous day, I didn’t feel like running all over the place and I wanted to sleep in late. Beauty rest is important, even when travelling!!
So I woke up around noon-ish, grabbed something to eat and then headed to the Fushimi Inari shrine in the southern part of Kyoto. This shrine, located on Mt. Inari, is famous for the thousands of bright red torii gates that line the trails behind the main buildings. Although the main buildings are beautiful, this area, as well as the beginning of the hiking trails, is packed with tourists. However, the farther along the trail you go, there will be less and less people. The mountain is only 233 meters, so it’s a great way to spend the afternoon!
After all that climbing, I’d built up quite an appetite! I decided to go to the Nishiki Food Market, which was also right around the corner from my hostel. Nishiki Market begins in front of Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine, which is right off of the famous Tenemachi shopping street.
Nishiki Market has over 100 shops that sell anything and everything related to food. Since I went a little later in the afternoon, it wasn’t as packed as it usually is (I ended up coming here a few times during my stay in Kyoto), but some of the stores begin closing around 5:30.
Not only is this a great place to get something to eat, it’s a people-watcher’s dream. You can see the shopkeepers, many of whom have had shops at the market for generations, working to make their creations and displays for their shops. You’ll see people taking pictures of strange foods (raises hand guiltily) trying some of the free samples that many of the stores hand out.
After snacking on all different kinds of rice cakes (that was as adventurous as I was feeling at the time), I went to my hostel to chill and then ended up going out in the area with some cool people that night. I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t actually remember the name of the place we went. I only know that it was around the Gion area and it was a good time LOL. Anywhooo, it was definitely a nice chill day in Kyoto!