Around Kyoto: Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Kamogawa Cycling [Trip Day 3] 伏見稲荷大社・清水寺・鴨川

  Trip itinerary and map

For a bit of change we’d be travelling by bicycles. I found a rental place on the web beforehand which was not far from Kyoto Station, but turned out to be a bit hard to find as it’s in some back street.

Kyoto is very strict on bicycle parking. There are designated (mostly not free) bicycle parking spaces, and for tourists it’s best to buy a day pass ticket. The day pass is only valid for some places though, but usually for all the sight-seeing spots there’d be one nearby. In the city centre, finding a space might prove more challenging though.

Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社)

Apparently it’s voted as the top spot on Tripadvisor. The “thousand Torii gates” were certainly impressive.

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple (清水寺)

There’s a fair bit to climb to get to Kiyomizu-Dera. And as the approach is also narrow and full of tourists and tour buses, it’s better to get of the bicycle and push.

Kamogawa River (鴨川)

We cycled north along the Kamogawa River, heading for a traditional Tonkatsu (fried pork) restaurant at Sanjo-Dori. It’s a busy area, and when we reached the nearby bicycle parking next to the City Hall, it’s all full. We waited for quite some time before some spaces freed up, and we were starving by then.