Day 187- Historical Kyoto Walking Tour

Guest post time from Alexander! I am so exited we are in Japan! 

Today we decided to take a walking tour that was listed in the Air BnB app. The first stop on our tour was Fushimi Inari Tarsha shrine. This is a very iconic shrine because of the 1000s of Tori gates.  

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The Shinto religion says there are 8 million gods, gods in everything from a grain of rice to a place. But there are 3 main gods, god for rice, god for busienss and a god for the arts in that shire. 

There are over 30,000 shrines around Japan, with a high number in Kyoto. Shrines can range from the large one above to this small one.

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We then went to the Gion Shirakawa area. This area is very popular with Geishas. We learned all about the gash life and how they train for 6 years to be gashas, they are performers who serve tea and dance (but also a lot more). We tried to find a gasha but were unsuccessful.

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We then walked to another shrine called Yasaka  

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Then finishing the tour at a budist temple.

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After the walking tour we then explored more of the area. I am fascinated by all the stores they have, so we walked in a few and I was trying to find a pair of chopsticks, but shelby was able to find really cool earrings.

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It was a very cold day but it was amazing! We saw and learned so much. 

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