Today being the last day of our rail pass, we wished to make the most of it. First we visited the Shinto temple of Fushimi-inari Taisha, which I had missed out on and was really keen on seeing. With all of its tori gates put up by successful businesses, it is one amazing place. They really seem to go on for ever! The temple site is very large, and with our plans for the day we could only hike for about an hour before having to leave.
Next we did something a little crazy: we took a train to Osaka to meet up with Joe. Travis had been craving some good takoyaki (octopus balls) and so we decided to go to Osaka, where the dish originates from, in order to eat lunch. It turned out to be a more complicated task than expected though, as most of Joe’s favourite stalls were closed for lunch. We still did find a good spot though, and Travis even got to try a weird takoyaki taco creation.
Still, we were tight on time and had to bid Joe adieu. We headed back to Kyoto to pick up our bags, and then took the train to Tokyo. Our 21 crazy days of the rail pass had ended, and hopefully with it our maddening pace as well. You can read more about that here.