Sunday, 4 December 2016

Exploring Kyoto: Abandoned Inari Shrine and a secret waterfall

Abandoned Inari Shrine Kyoto

On the way from Tofukuji to Unryuu-in, I found an abandoned Inari Shrine. I was walking along a path on the outskirts of Kyoto, and I saw a Torii in the middle of overgrown trees. When I got to the other side, there was an entrance with a sign on the Torii saying 倒壊する危険あり 通行注意 -(danger of collapse, be careful when passing through). It didn't say 立ち入り禁止 (do not enter) though, so I went in and had a look around. It was definitely worth going in!

Kyoto Path

Abandoned Inari Shrine Kyoto

Abandoned Inari Shrine Kyoto

Abandoned Shrine
Even though I'm fairly sure it's not in use any more, it's still a shrine, so I tried to be respectful. It was a weird feeling going in. I wonder when and why it fell into disuse?

Abandoned Shrine

Abandoned Shrine Kyoto

Disused Shinto Shrine Kyoto

Disused Shinto Shrine Kyoto

Abandoned shrine Kyoto

Abandoned shrine Torii
This Torii says Showa 45, which means it was erected in 1970.
Abandoned Shinto Shrine Kyoto

Abandoned Shinto Shrine Kyoto

Abandoned Shinto Shrine Kyoto
There was a house there too, although I'm pretty sure no one lives there now.






Abandoned Shinto Shrine Kyoto

Abandoned Shinto Shrine Kyoto

 Almost exactly next door was an Inari Shrine called 五社之瀧神社 (Goshanotaki jinja) that was still in use. I had a look round, and a lady who looks after the Shrine came and talked to me!
Goshanotaki Inari Shrine Kyoto

Goshanotaki Inari Shrine Kyoto

Goshanotaki Inari Shrine Kyoto

Goshanotaki Inari Shrine Kyoto

Goshanotaki Inari Shrine Kyoto

Goshanotaki Inari Shrine Kyoto

Goshanotaki Inari Shrine Kyoto
She let me go into a gated off part of the shrine, where there was a waterfall, and told me that I should go in there and breathe deeply, and that it would make me feel relaxed. I was so overwhelmed with how kind she was! Kyoto people really are omotenashi. I paid my respects at the shrine, and I really did  feel refreshed standing in the cool and listening to the waterfall.
Goshanotaki Inari Shrine Kyoto

I think people in Kyoto- and people in Japan in general- are so nice, especially if you are in the suburbs, speak Japanese and are interested in their culture. I was so happy that I randomly found this shrine! Definitely go out adventuring on your own if you have the chance, and go off the tourist trail- you never know what you'll find!

Thanks for reading! -Amy xoxo

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