Kyoto Day 3

[Taylor]

We got a little bit of a late start on Day 3 but managed to have a good time at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in the morning.  The Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for thousands of torii that line a pathway through a park in the forests and foothills of Kyoto.  What is a torii?  Well, it looks like this:

Tori means "bird" and torii literally means "a place for a bird to sit."

Here is a picture of Julie and me at the famous entrance to the pathway:

Other photos we took:

Hide and seek.

These stone foxes were everywhere.

A sculpture we saw as we were leaving.

We went through about half the pathway in order to save time for Nara — a nearby city famous for a wooden building, a giant statue of Buddha, and deer.

First, the (mostly) tame deer that are fed potato skins by the tourists:

The largest wooden building in the world. Originally built in 752, destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1709.

Enormous Buddha. Each one of those stubs of hair is 40 cm long. It was originally built in 752.

Tallest 5-story pagoda in Japan.

In the evening we took it easy and read some books.  I also played a few games of Go on the Nintendo DS Julie bought me for Christmas.

Local train to Nara.

Thus concludes Day 3 in Kyoto and Nara.

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