Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine

During my visit to Kyoto Japan, I stopped by and visited the Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine which is located just over 2 miles from central Kyoto station.

With early construction dating back to the eighth century, Fushimi Inari-Taisha is the main shrine to the Japanese god (or Kami) Inari (or Oinari) whom is regarded as the god of agriculture/industry, sake, foxes, fertility, and most commonly, rice and industry.

Regarded as one of the most (if not the most) popular shrine in Japan, Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine is most known by the massive orange Senbon Torii (Thousands of torii gates) that cover the grounds…. In which there are over 20,000 torii gates total.

The gates themselves are donated mostly by businesses and corporations for good luck or to give thanks for good luck that has been received. The cost for one of these gates starts at around 400,000 yen for a smaller sized gate and can increase well about 1 million yen for a larger one.

Through out the temple are numerous statues of foxes or Kitsune. Kitsune are regarded as messengers for the gods and are often seen with objects in their mouths such as keys or rice.

The hike to the top of the shine is about 2.5 miles and takes a few hours to reach the top with stops. Unfortunately, It was unbelievably humid (and I was extremely hungover from the night before) without any water so I decided to turn around about half way up. It sucks looking back at it all not being able to reach the top. However, it just means that during my next visit to Japan ill have to make another stop, this time better prepared.

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