Japan 2019 Day 2 Part 2 - Climbing Fushimi InariMay 22, 2019 4 min read
There’s still lots to see in the North but, nope, my body is done.
So let’s head all the way to the South to climb a mountain instead.
Wasn’t sure if my travel pass covered this train line. Guess I can just try putting it into the gate and see what happens. Boop boop. Nope.
I looked up to see both the senior and junior attendant behind the counter making a big ❌ with their arms in perfect sync.
Good thing my SUICA card works in Kyoto.
Took this opportunity to try Fujifilm’s app to transfer some photos from my camera to my phone to upload them to the social medias but the thing just crashes.
No wonder it only has 2 stars on the app store.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Dude’s important. A third of all the shinto shrines in Japan are dedicated to him/her/them (Inari has had quite a few different depictions throughout history).
The fox/kitsune are Inari’s messengers. All the fox statues on this mountain are carrying something in their mouth and there’s like a hundred of them.
How long do you think your cage can hold me? Foolish mortals.
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All the torii gates on the mountain are donated. If you’re a poor peasant you can donate one of these chibi ones instead. The gates big enough to walk through start at ¥400,000.
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Pretty tired so I’m not going to wait around and I feel like I’ve seen enough.
Back down I go…
The sacred shrine dedicated to the God of exploitatively priced vending machines.
Fushimi Inari is super cool and well worth the visit 👍
I shouldn’t have made this visit to Bic Camera. Now for the long walk back to my locker…
Photo stolen from 北島薫 on Google Maps
Kyoto Station is big enough to have its own mall inside it with tons of fancy restaurants but fancy restaurants are expensive. I walked past this place called Spicy Masara Curry. It was tucked away in a corner, partially hidden by a set of escalators.
The brightly lit signs inside a dimly lit train station and the allure of a social-less ordering ticket machines drew me in.
Photo stolen from T Nomura on Google Maps
Thanks, T Nomura. This is exactly the seat I sat in. Now I can use this to relieve my memories of finally getting a real chance to rest after being battered by a long day of walking on insufficient sleep.
The restaurant was staffed by an elderly man and woman.
The man would collect tickets from the customers and loudly announce their order to the woman in that Japanese worker sing-song manner. The woman would then sing it back to confirm and work on the order.
Seemed unnecessary since it’s a small shop and they were standing right next to each other. They could’ve read the order ticket themselves. It did add to that comfy Japanese restaurant ambience though.
Shinkansen Premium Beef Curry.
It was good. The portion was kinda small for a curry shop and I had to buy the salad separately.
Those pickled leeks in the background were so good though, I took like 20 of them.
So good that I tried to buy some when I was back in the UK but I couldn’t find it in any of our supermarkets. I had to go to the Asian import store Wing Yip in Croydon to find any.
I tried buying pickled onions but they’re too strong. Pickled leeks are sweeter, softer and less acidic.
Also, I shit you not, the ice in my drink jiggled.
So I’ve spent 3 days in Kyoto, the culture capital of Japan, during my lifetime now and I’ve had…
Mcdonalds, a konbini sandwich and fast food curry. One meal for each day. H-Haha…
I have a really hard time being a normal human being when I’m in sightseeing mode.
Standing 131 meters tall just across from Kyoto Station, Kyoto Tower (京都タワー) is Kyoto’s tallest structure and a rare modern iconic landmark in the city famous for its ancient temples and shrines. The tower was completed in 1964, the same year as the opening of the shinkansen and the Tokyo Olympics.
A viewing platform is located 100 meters above ground and affords a 360 degree view of Kyoto and as far as Osaka on clear days. - Japan Guide
And…this is where things went wrong.
Got on a bus with the right number and route but I noticed 10 minutes in that the bus stops weren’t matching up with what’s listed on Google Maps.
Turns out this route has buses going in both directions. I wasn’t going to sit there for over an hour so I got off.
Ok Google, where am I and how do I get to the hotel from here?
Ran across the road to catch the bus that just turned up. Dropped my umbrella out the door. Guy waiting at the bus stop threw it in for me. *sumimasenning intensifies*
And…this bus is going the wrong way too…
Good thing I brought the 4-wheeled suitcases this time.
>kicks down the hill
>it topples over halfway
Except, this train isn’t covered by the pass so it still cost me more than not getting lost in the first place.
Kawaramachi, downtown Kyoto
>Oh btw, you'll have to pay a ¥200 city accommodation tax.
Why didn’t you include it in the price in the first place?
The receptionist spoke native english which was a plus.
The bed is convertible.
You get a sliding drawer underneath to store your luggage, not something you’d find in a typical capsule hotel. Many don’t even have luggage lockers and you have to leave them behind a reception desk.
Each pod comes with a screen that you can lock from the outside so this is the only capsule hotel I would feel comfortable staying at for more than a night.
Oh man, these toilet seats are heated and each cubicle is a fully noise-isolated room too.
Completely shut off from the world, everything from today finally caught up with me and I just kinda melted for a while, not moving a muscle.
Weird, why is this shower at the end inconsistently spaced from the rest?
Oh, a corridor. Looks like it’s leading into the boiler room…as well as a second door?
Holy shit. It’s a bath.
There’s no hooks or anything for the bath so I dumped all my clothes on the floor in the corridor. You can lock the first door. Hope no one needs to access the boiler room.
Man, Japanese baths are so deep. I can sit up and still be covered up to my shoulders.
This is the best~
I was originally planning on exploring this area and having dinner here in the evening but, after the whole getting-lost-thing and falling asleep in the bath, it’s now past 9pm.
Good thing I had that curry in the train station.
>walking back to bed
>yep, my feet still hurt
I paid a few extra quid for the projector addon but I couldn’t get it to work.
They gave me a massive bag of adapters and dongles when I checked in.
Dunno whose fault it is but I was too tired to do anything anyway.
All I wanted was to make a Windows is updating joke.