So over Spring vacation, my mom and I travelled to Kyoto to do a bit of exploring. One of the main attractions for us was the Fushimi Inari Shrine – the one that has paths lined with thousands of torii gates that run all the way up a mountain.
A little bit of history and info
The first structures of the shrine were built in 711AD; and the shrine was built to honour Inari, the god of rice. But in a more general view the god, Inari, is also seen as the patron of business. Hence, each torii gate that lines the many paths are donated by Japanese businesses, hoping for blessings from Inari. As you walk along the paths you will notice that every gate has the name of a business or company. Most of them are written in Japanese, but I did spot an English one, which if I remember correctly was for a bakery.
The shrine is also full of fox statues (kitsune in Japanese). The foxes are regarded as messengers and are shown holding a key for a rice granary in their mouths.
On the day we visited the shrine it was incredibly busy, with a lot of people aiming to walk the 4km route up to the top of the mountain. We chose to take a quieter path, that didn’t ascend too much, in order to avoid the crowds (steering clear of the main ‘straight-up-the-mountain’ path) and were able to take some nice pics along the way.
And this, along with my previous post, sums up our time in Kyoto. Hope you enjoyed the pics as much as I enjoyed taking them. 😉