While my friends were off doing something for the day I decided I’d venture off for a day trip to Himeji and Kobe. It’s quite close from Kyoto with a JR pass and to be honest, I didn’t even plan Himeji until I heard it announced over the speaker and decided to continue to Himeji and go to Kobe on the way back.
When you think about Torii shrines in Japan, one of two places will come up: Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto (check my post here) and the iconic Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima.
Itsukushima is known as Miyajima which literally means “shrine island.” Said that when you die your soul will cross over via boat into the next world. I can’t suggest going to this little off the track island from Hiroshima enough! It’s ended up being one of my favourite places within Japan so far!
I was recently able to return to Hiroshima after winning a competition for free flights with Japan Airlines. They’ve just released a new direct route from Melbourne – Tokyo and believe me, it was one of the best flights I’ve taken. A little care package, snacks, decent food and a range of entertainment options (opinion my own).
Last time I was in Japan I wasn’t able to make it to a few places in Hiroshima or Miyajima (at all) due to lack of time and opting to check out Bunny Island instead. This time around, I was ready to have a full two days doing this area.
If you’ve ever been to Osaka and wanted to get off the beaten path as they say, you’ve probably heard of the Instant Ramen Museum. Located in Ikeda, (a town which loves the Wombat, a native Australian marsupial who has been successfully bread in the The Satsukiyama Zoo) the Instant Ramen Museum makes a great break for something a bit hands on!
So, Here’s all I learnt and did at the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
Let’s talk animal cities in Japan. The two most popular would be Nara and Okunoshima (Bunny Island.) However for those wanting to see what other places you can venture off too, click here.
I’m all for seeing animals if it’s for conservation or it’s a sanctuary. Animal Cafe’s are pretty popular in Tokyo, however they’re also pretty well known for being money making over animal welfare. If you must see a café – take a look at listed ones that are recommended here.
Otherwise, go to where the animals are wild and can walk around freely such as Nara and Okunoshima!
Let’s talk all things Kyoto.
Kyoto has such a history of traditionalism in Japan, formerly the capital it’s filled with shrines, temples, gardens and palaces. This is one of the main reasons we chose Kyoto as a place to base ourselves for day trips.
This post is made up of a visit in November 2017 and July 2018 (which explains the change of outfits!)
Read below on some tips for what to do with your time in Kyoto.