Posted by: Darrell | December 18, 2008

Fushimi Inari

The red tori gates of Fushimi Inari

The red tori gates of Fushimi Inari

Another one of the most famous places in Kyoto is Fushimi Inari, the mountain of a thousand red tori gates. Made all the more famous by Memoirs of  Geisha, this shrine truly is seperated from the rest of Kyoto. Not a temple, or a castle it is simply a mountain with red gates. Although many shrines are often built to worship Inari, the deity of fertility, rice, agriculture, foxes and industry, Fushimi Inari is the largest and most famous. Situated south of Kyoto and a short walk from the train station, the gates run up and down the mountain.

The view from half way up

The view from half way up

Being a little short on time, we didn’t get to climb to the top. However, we got half way there and if the beauty from half way is any indication of what lies at the top, Fushimi Inari is absolutely amazing. Among the many things I won’t get to do on this exchange, climbing to the top of Fushimi Inari will be one of them. So until, I will just have to live having on withnessed half its beauty.

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  1. […] when we reached a small mountain lake, we ate the best granita ever in a little food shop near the Fushimi Inari Shrine… that granita was served in polystyrene cup and the juice was in the inner of all the […]


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