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Fushimi Inari Shrine

伏見稲荷大社 sher she goes mountain trail fushimi inari temple shrine fox tori gates gate rice bunsha business worship kyoto travel japan japanesekyoto japan japanese travel fushimi inari shrine temple orange tori gate fox photo shershegoes.com9伏見稲荷大社 sher she goes mountain trail fushimi inari temple shrine fox tori gates gate rice bunsha business worship kyoto travel japan japanesekyoto japan japanese travel fushimi inari shrine temple orange tori gate fox photo shershegoes.com10

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伏見稲荷大社 sher she goes mountain trail fushimi inari temple shrine fox tori gates gate rice bunsha business worship kyoto travel japan japanesekyoto japan japanese travel fushimi inari shrine temple orange tori gate fox photo shershegoes.com14伏見稲荷大社 sher she goes mountain trail fushimi inari temple shrine fox tori gates gate rice bunsha business worship kyoto travel japan japanese伏見稲荷大社 sher she goes mountain trail fushimi inari temple shrine fox tori gates gate rice bunsha business worship kyoto travel japan japanese伏見稲荷大社 sher she goes mountain trail fushimi inari temple shrine fox tori gates gate rice bunsha business worship kyoto travel japan japaneseThe vermilion tori tunnel gates of Fushimi Inari are one of the most frequently photographed sites of Kyoto and make for a hauntingly beautiful path of orange and black. Fushimi Inari shrine sits at the base of a mountain 223 meters above sea level, and the winding tori gates straddle a meandering upward path that takes approximately 2 to 3 hours by foot to hike.

I was looking forward to visiting this shrine ever since watching Memoirs of  a Geisha, where the film’s opening credit scene follows a laughing girl weaving in and out of the gates. Fushimi Inari is of significant cultural relevance to Kyoto and has ancient origins, predating the capital’s move in 794. This shrine is the head shrine dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice and the grounds are sprinkled with Fox statues among the gates. Foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, and they typically hold a symbolic key (to the rice granary) in their mouths.

You can hike upward as far as you wish up the mountain or turn back at any time. For a nice view overlooking Kyoto, walk about 30 to 45 minutes upward until reaching the Yotsutsuji intersection, about halfway up the mountain. From here, you can take a circular route to Mt. Inari’s summit, or head back down the hill to explore Kyoto’s other cultural relics.

Getting There

The shrine lies just outside the JR Nara Line Inari Station, about 5 minutes from Kyoto Station. Or, walk from the Keihan Electric Railway Main Line’s Fushimi Inari Station, as we did. (Admission: Free | Closed: Never)

Must TryOn your way to the base of the main tori gate, you’ll pass a number of sweets and souvenir shops. Stop at one to try the tsujiura senbei, a form of fortune cookie some say is the origin of today’s Chinese America fortune cookies

 

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FloortjeMay 31, 2014 - 2:31 pm

great photos dear! Looks like an amazing time!!
Wish you a huge weekend!

XX

http://floortjeloves.com

SherJune 3, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Thanks for stopping by Floortje :)

KatieJune 4, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Great pics and tips! Are the fortune cookies better than the american chinese ones?? :)

barJune 5, 2014 - 2:33 pm

amazing!

Amy | Club NarwhalJune 8, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Sher, this place looks magical! I love everything about it (and you’re making me want to pack my bags for Japan ASAP :)

SherJune 9, 2014 - 8:06 pm

Thanks Amy! :) If you ever get the chance to go, you should! I had a great time in Kyoto

SherJune 9, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Thanks!

SherJune 9, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Ha not sure, I didn’t end up trying one!

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