Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Shrine – June 16th, 2015

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

The Torii gates (ι³₯ε±…) at Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷倧瀾) date back to 711 A.D.!

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

In addition to age, these grounds are said to hold over 10,000 Torii gates.

A Torii gate is seen as an entrance to a sacred shrine in the Shinto religion. They mark the pathway to shrines across Asia, and I’m sure you’ve come to know them as a symbol of Japan.

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

What is unique about the Torii gates at Inari Fushimi, though, is their background. Each gate has been donated by a company or organization giving thanks for their prosperity and in hope of good fortune in the future.

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

The significance of the shrines located at Fushimi Inari is to honor Inari (稲荷), the Shinto god of rice. You will also see foxes places throughout these grounds, as they are said to be messengers for Inari.

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

As you enter the large main Torii gate you will see multiple shrines and neat shops for souvenirs. Then you will start to make your way up the stairs on the journey through the 10,000 Torii gates.

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

the Fushimi Inari Tori Gates

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The journey up to the top of the mountain will take you 3-4 hours.

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1/3 of the trip, then we turned around! ^^;

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