After Nyan Nyan Ji, we headed over to Fushimi Inari. It is a shrine known for the red torii gates.
Street approaching the shrine...there are many shops and restaurants surrounding shrines and temples.
Fushimi Inari is a large shrine complex with many buildings
Vermillion Red is the color of choice because it wards off evil spirits
Map of the complex...
It is guarded by Fox
I love all the different types of lanterns you can find...
Another structure. The roof is wood and needs to be replaces quite often
This shrine is dedicated to the Shinto god of Rice
This shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital's move to Kyoto in 794
The fox are the messengers...
Thousands of Torii gates form a walkway up the mountain. The large ones were donated by companies, and the smaller ones by families.
Getting dark and the shrines takes on an eerie feel...
Seeing the full moon through the gate
We left Fushimi and headed to a Starbucks. On the way, we found a fun cat store...
This is the starbucks. It was built inside a 100 year old house. The area is near the famous temple called Kiyomizu-dera.
Inside is all the modern equipment needed...place your order here and pick it up down the hall
Tatami mats line many of the sitting rooms, so you much remove your shoes.
Kyoto Tower at night.
A couple of days later we went back to Kyoto for a special Starbucks drink. It is only a 16 minute train ride from Osaka. Here though, is a vending machine. The top two shelves with the red border are hot drinks..the rest are cold. So clever!
There was a special drink for the 20th anniversary of Starbucks in Kyoto. The drink was available for one week, and only at certain stores.
Thankfully, the store at Kyoto Station had it!
We decided to go up in the Kyoto Tower and see the city...it did not disappoint
Here you can see the Shinkansen coming into town...
I have a feeling if you looked at an aerial view of this area, that Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe are probably all one really large city!