The Fushimi Inari Shrine is at the base of Mount Inari and has trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and takes about 2 hours to walk up – we didn’t make it the whole way!
Inari is the god of rice. Since early Japan, Inari was seen as the patron of business, and merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshipped Inari. Each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by a Japanese business. There are thousands of them!
So, clearly heaps of Tori Gates!
There were also lots of little shrines off to the sides of the main path.
On the way down there were lots of street food choices for lunch.
This was a big day of walking!
Osaka Aquarium is one of the largest in the world.
The main central tank has two whale sharks sharing the space with hammerheads, reef sharks, groupers and rays.
In a separate tank there are even sun fish!
And the seals were very cute
We came mainly to see the whale sharks and sun fish but there is lots lots more to see too!
Our hotel in Osaka was lots of fun, very kid friendly, the whole place has tatami floors so you need to leave your shoes in a locker at the entry, they provide ‘house clothes’ that you can wear from when you come in at night til when you leave in the morning, the rooms are ‘traditional Japanese style’, it has hot spring baths and saunas which we used every day, the breakfast was fantastic and they provide free ramen noodle bowls in the restaurant every night from 9pm. It’s also right above the train station and Namba Walk with lots of food options directly underneath.
Couldn’t ask for more!
The street opposite the hotel
There’s a Studio Ghibli shop in the Namba Walk
We’d definitely recommend this hotel
After flying from Gold Coast to Tokyo we only had an overnight stay in Narita before flying to Osaka.