A Visit to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is an important shrine of Inari, the god of rice, in Southern Kyoto. The shrine is located at the base of a mountain named Inari. It has hike trail up to the mountain with small shrines at different points. I have been there during my Osaka and Kyoto trip on May 2018.

We walked up the mountain through a torii, a traditional Japanese gate, which is always painted bright red. Each of the torii there has been donated by a Japanese businessman.

We arrived the shrine in the afternoon, and at the starting point it was full with visitors.

I could not image how to take photos of torii gates without other visitors in the photo.

Well, the bright red gates were stunning. I just kept walking.

There were smaller shrines along the way.

I observed that there were fewer people the higher I went.

I loved this walk and the calmness of the surroundings.

On the way back to the bus, I bought a cup of shave ice with strawberry and milk. It was too sweet for me.

And also bought Takoyaki. This one was also not delicious especially comparing with the one I bought at DotonBuri.

All in all, if you visit Kyoto, you must visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. This place is a top tourist destination in Kyoto, so be prepare for the tour groups. I recommend you to go there early. Besides, dress in layers because you will feel warmer while climbing to the summit.

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