We took the train today from Osaka back to Kyoto and exited at the Inari station to visit Fushimi Inari-taisha, a very important Shinto shrine dedicated to Inari, the God of rice. How convenient that the train station is right across the street from the entrance to the shrine!!
We said Sayonara to Tokyo and headed 360 miles southwest to Kyoto on the bullet train. The ride seemed short because that train is so smooth and quiet. We just love the bullet train!!
Kyoto is a smaller city than Tokyo with a population of 1.5 million. It was also the capital of Japan for more than 1000 years until the capital was moved to Tokyo. Kyoto was spared from bombing during WWII, so luckily, it still has many of its prewar buildings, made of wood with shiny, tile roofs.