Thursday, 3 March 2016

Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto: The Fox Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha
Day two in Kyoto with Marcus, and it was time to go to one of the most iconic places in Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Taisha. Even if you don't know the name, I'm sure you'll have seen a picture of the rows of thousands of Torii lining the pathways there. Of course, it's a must visit, but I hadn't been there before (I guess I was kind of saving it to see it with Marcus)
We caught the train to the Keihan Fushimi Inari station, as the shrine is in Southern Kyoto. It's also close to Inari station on the Nara line.

 It's the fox shrine, so there were loads of fox statues everywhere, obviously.
Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha







Round the back of the shrine are the paths lined with the famous Torii. There were of course tonnes of people, but the further out you go the less people there are. The Torii really are impressive and it was a bit surreal to finally go there. The Torii had the name of the places and companies, presumably ones that donated a lot of money to the shrine, written on them. I even found one from Minoh!

Torii


Someone made it into Saitama from One Punch Man... It made me happy.
There is also a bamboo lined hiking path up to the top of Mount Inari, and there were far fewer people there. It was a really nice walk, and I'd totally recommend it! As well as the bamboo, (which totally beats the bamboo at Arashiyama, to be honest) there are loads of smaller shrines, with lots of fox statues and small Torii. Some of them are new, but lots of them are really old and weathered.








Torii



Torii

Of course Marcus and I had to take some obnoxious "year abroad" profile photos.



Finally: the view from the top of Mount Inari was amazing!
Kyoto from Mt Inari

View of Kyoto

That's it for now, Thanks for reading! 
If you're in Kyoto, definitely go to Fushimi Inari Taisha! (^O^)/
-Amy xoxo
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