The next day I go up early again and headed to Fushimi Inari Shrine.
After taking some photos at the entrance I hiked up to the top of the mountain, stopping along the way to check out the numerous small shrines and explore the branching paths. It really is a magical place and I think has become my favourite spot in Kyoto.
After my family arrived and took a look we left for Sanjusangendo to check out the thousand and one statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. This is such a cool place too. At first my daughter was a bit spooked by all the statues but after I explained if she looked hard enough she could see her own face on one of the statues she really enjoyed it.
Our final stop was Kiyomizu-dera, probably the most iconic temple in Kyoto. There were lots of young Japanese walking around in yukata which really added to the atmosphere of the place. Luckily there was no rain that day and we could enjoy the temple grounds and some nice sunshine before boarding the Shinkansen back to Tokyo. It was a busy but fun and interesting trip!!