Fushimi Inari Shrine

When we first visited Fushimi Inari in 2012, I knew that it would always be on my must visit places to return to whenever I was visiting Kyoto.

It is my favourite of the many temples and shrines in Kyoto.

We went in the early morning when there were not too many people around. It was a quiet and peaceful two hour walk along the whole trail with lovely views of Kyoto from the top. Walking up Mount Inari through the thousands of bright orange Torii gates felt magical and because it was still early we spent most of the time wondering alone through the quiet woods. Just like two years ago.

Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine-8Kitsune – one of many messengers of Inari along the path up the mountain.

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Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine-9The oldest Torii gate is from the 8th century. New gates are being added by people or companies that donate money to the shrine.

Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine-15One of the pair of guardian foxes at the main shrine gate.

Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine-14One side of the Torii gates is blank, the other has the name of the donor (person or company) and the date it was donated written in Kanji.

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Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine-13Husband.

Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine-11Over 5000 Torii gates.

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Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine-16Another photo of the Torii gates forming the path. I don’t get bored of looking at them. I took many, many photos there. Some are almost exactly the same as ones I took two years ago. I couldn’t stop myself.

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