There’s always the first time for everything. That’s the mantra during my first Japan trip.
|Some Intersections in the corner of Gion District|
Since we won’t use any JR line (Shinkansen), then we bought ICOCA card for our local subway. Our first destination was Fushimi Inari Taisha. I thought we were crazy enough, without having any enough rest at the night before, we have to climb those thousand’s stairs in Fushimi Inari hahaha. I plan to hike the mount Inari too, but it’s only a plan. I never knew about Japanese’s shrine or any related to it before, but by visiting the Fushimi Inari I learned though how powerful and advance Japan is, they still respect where they were coming from. Fushimi Inari besides consisted of a thousand’s stairs, it build also by thousand’s Tori which donated from Japanese businessman.
|Main Tori in Fushimi Inari Taisha|
|The Thousands Tori|
|Mini Tori in Fushimi Inari Taisha|
|Fushimi Inari Taisha|
Our next destination was Gion District; we booked also some hostel in the heart of Gion area: JAM Hostel. I think this is my favorite part during my japan trip, Gion. We spent the night-walk to stroll Gion area, especially Hanamikoji street and Ponto-cho alley. The local shops, restaurants, buildings, Geiko, Kimono, alleys, streets; I superb left my heart in Gion surely. We spent also to sat for an hour while sight-gazing the Kamo river. I don’t know the history behind these Gion areas, but I felt it, how the culture is still to be preserve in this era. Gratefully, our front-view from our hostel was Komo river and Ponto-cho alley, though the room was not a satisfied enough, but the location is good; overall it was a worth penny to spent for the backpacker hostel.
|Gion at Night: Hanamikoji Dori|
|Kamo River and Pontocho Alley|
My first impression for Japan was never forget who you are and where you were coming for. Adios.