Magnificent Vermilion Torii Gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha is the most famous landmark in Kyoto with thousands of torri gates. Many people say that a visit to Kyoto is never complete without paying a visit to this shrine. The shrine is open 24/7 all year round without having to pay any entrance fee. Therefore the shrine can be visited anytime.

Fushimi Inari Taisha is an important shrine dedicated to Inari, Shinto God of rice. Torii gates are usually found at the entrance or in between shrines which marked the boundary between spirits and human worlds. The torri in Fushimi Inari Taisha are mostly donated by merchants and businessman….(Wikipedia).

Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社)

Opening hours: 24 hours

Admission fee: Free

Direction: Option 1: JR train from Kyoto Station to Inari Station

Option 2: Keihan Main Line to Fushimi Inari Station.

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JR Inari Station

We took the JR Nara line from Kyoto Station to Inari Station (¥140/ RM5.60). Upon exiting the train station, the Fushimi Inari Taisha is located just across the road.

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Entrance to Fushimi Inari Taisha

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Romon Gate

 

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Hiking trail map

Behind the main shrine there is a hiking trail up the Mount Inari. Hiking is not my favorite activity. Therefore we planned to hike up to somewhere in the middle of the hill only.

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Purifying water before approaching the main shrine

 

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The main shrine

 

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Kitsune (Fox) ….. messenger of Inari
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Our journey begin….

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Crowded at beginning of the trail

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Approaching Senbon Torii…..

Senbon Torii (Double Torii) is the famous spot for photographers. The right path is for visitors going uphill while the left path is for visitors coming down from the hill. Many people take chances to pose on the left path since lesser people walking downhill. We did not stop to take any photograph from nearer as entrance are already jam with the crowd.

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Walking through the Senbon Torii….
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Have a brief stop here….
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Continue journey…..
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Cute little baby going for hiking too….

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Tried to pose like a model…..haha
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Tougher trail….more stairs coming
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Peaceful lake on a hill….
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Smaller tori gates offering in prayers

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Station number 2

We stop a while at Station 2 before proceeding to our targeted station number 6.

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Stop again for air….almost breathless
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Continue hiking….
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Last stairs to conquer….
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Finally reaching…
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Greeted by beautiful view
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Station no. 6

Station number 6 is a good place for resting and eating before proceeding to top hill. We took a break here and enjoy our soy bean ice cream before going downhill.

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Soy bean ice cream (¥350/ RM14)
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Food related to Fushimi Inari Taisha

 

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Path to station number 7

 

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Clear blue sky….is a blessing good day…

After getting enough rest, we went downhill. At station no. 2, there are two ways parted. One is returning to the path that we climbed from Senbon Torii just now or walked straight which will be connected to residential houses. We choses the 2nd path and found a souvenir shop along the way downhill.

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Walking downhill….
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Bamboo bookmark bought from the souvenir store
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Residential houses…
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Reaching the main shrine
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Look at the crowd!!!!

When we reached the lower ground, more visitors flocking in. We stopped by another souvenir shop which is more crowded. The reason it is crowded because we found the price in this shop is cheaper than the nearby shops.  After that we left the shrine and proceed to the green tea town, Uji.

NEXT POST: Half day trip to green tea town, UJI.

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