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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day 7: Kyoto - Osaka

We woke up late in the morning and felt so refreshed. The thin futon was so comfy, the blanket was fluffy, it was as good as the five-star hotel bed!

Today we were going to visit a few more shrines and off to Osaka.

Fushimi Inari
Also known as a fox shrine. The attraction of this shrine is the lineup of hundreds of torii gate. These gates also appear in the movie Memoirs of Geisha.

A baby fox with bib.

Mostly everything is in orange color.

Many faces of fox

Hundreds of torii gates

Tunnel of torii gates

Left or right?

I suspect these are the name of donators.

Missing torii

Mini torii gates for lesser amount of donation. :P

Tofukuji Temple

Beautiful foliage from the entrance

The white paint is used to prevent termites.

Kamigamo Shrine

Sake barrels in a shrine?? Hmm....

Not sure what this is all about.

Sand cones

A small canal running through the shrine complex.

Shimogamo Shrine

In just four days, we had visited 10 temples and 7 shrines. Holy cow!

Went back to ryokan to get our luggage. The owner walked us to the street and kept bowing by saying "Arigato gozaimashita". After walking for quite a distance, we looked back and he was still there! So we tried to walk faster, he must have gone in only after we were out of his sight. What a truly Japanese hospitality!

The only thing left to do in Osaka was to try the local dish, okonomiyaki. So we went to Dotonbori for President Chibo.

The crowd at Dotonburi

President Chibo since 1967, famous for okonomiyaki.

The restaurant looked upscale with all the dim lights. We were ushered to one of the four teppanyaki tables.

Chef at work

It was quite entertaining to look at the chef preparing our food. His moves were so smooth.

Almost done

Yamaimoyaki (porkbelly, squid, shrimp, and Japanese herb)

Okonomiyaki with shrimp

The food presentation was very good, but the taste was quite disappointing. It was either we didn't like okonomiyaki or he didn't do a good job. And it was pretty expensive too. :(

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