Today, we visited two of Japan’s national treasures.
We started at Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine, famous for its seemingly endless torii ⛩. The torii gates create a trail up Mt. Inari, taking an hour or two to hike. The main shrine is at the base of the mountain.
Exploring the shrine was a surreal, somewhat hypnotic experience.
Later, a slow stroll through the Arashiyama bamboo forest gives a similar feeling, with bamboo trees replacing the torii gates.
Near the forest is the estate of late Ōkōchi Sansō, famous Japanese film actor. Along with green tea, you are provided a tour of his garden and panoramic views of Kyoto from the mountainside.