Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine – The Most Important Shrine in Kyoto
Thousands of people flock to Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto just to see the Torii gates. It is one of the top tourist destinations in Kyoto and it’s also one of Kyoto’s oldest shrines.
The shrine is just 3 minutes away from the nearest train station. But you won’t get to see the famous torii gates immediately. Instead, you will be greeted by a giant torii gate first. It will still require a little more walking and climbing before you see the actual gates.
This is what the visitors usually do first – cleansing.
As you walk in, you will start to see the famous torii gates which everybody will want to take a photo of.
In actual fact, it’s not that easy to have a nice shot because there are just too many people here.
You can see my attempts to take a perfect shot.
Companies donate money to the temple in order to have their names engraved on the torii gates.
Still not a perfect shot, but this is quite nice too right?
Finally, a shot without any human beings in it.
If you continue to explore the whole area, the descent up and down will take about 3 to 4 hours and you will get a magnificent view when you get to the top.
However, if your health does not allow you to continue or if you have a tight schedule ahead, you can choose to turn back at any point.