Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto

Published on 9 August 2023 at 02:03

Fushimi Inari Shrine, in Kyoto, is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. It's one of the main places I wanted to visit and photograph. It is said to be the most important of several thousands of Shinto shrines dedicated to Inari, the god of rice, and has ancient origins predating the capital's move to Kyoto in 794.

Photo Gallery (tap and swipe)

The torii gates wrap the shrine's several alters around Mount Imari, and you can follow them all the way to the top of the mountain. Foxes are thought to be Inari's messengers, so we saw many fox statues across the shrine grounds. We tried to make it all the way up, but it was just too hot and crowded. We were pleased to get as far as we did!

After leaving the shrine, we stopped for ramen and lime plum wine (so yummy!) before to walking to Higashiyama - Miyagawasuji, hoping to see real geisha. We did catch a glimpse of two geisha outside of their tea house. So beautiful. Then we were back on another Hello Kitty train home!

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