Kyoto Day 2, Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari is not just any shrine. It is a sprawling complex of many shrines, buildings, torii gates, graveyards, and wooded paths built into the side of a mountain. It has continuously been added to since it’s founding in 711 AD.

The front gate, and largest complex is a short walk from the train station at the bottom of the mountain.IMG_0727.JPGIMG_0729.JPG

The fox is considered the symbol of the Inari shrines, and there are statues of them everywhere.IMG_0731.jpg

A pleasant, but not to scale map of the main routes along the shrine complex.IMG_0734.JPG

The beginning of the long torii gate trail:IMG_0732.JPG

There are hundreds of these gates, and you can follow them all the way up to the top of the mountain.IMG_0733.JPGIMG_0740.JPG

Each one is inscribed with the name of the person or company that paid (in the form of a donation) for it to be built. I noticed some from companies such as Sony and Toyota.

As we climbed farther up the mountain, the crowds began to thin out so we could get some nice pictures.IMG_0754.JPGIMG_0756.JPG

Through the cobbled stone paths and snaking stairs we saw hundreds of different shrines and memorials dedicated to the memories of ancestors and more recent family members.IMG_0742IMG_0743IMG_0746

At various points along the trek there were rest areas with Japan’s ubiquitous vending machines and cafés. There was once such area, which included a larger shrine, overlooking a lake.IMG_0747.JPG

More fox-related imagery:IMG_0764IMG_0759

And near the top we were treated to a view of southern Kyoto:IMG_0751.JPG

 

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5 Responses to Kyoto Day 2, Fushimi Inari Shrine

  1. Muriel Goldfarb says:

    I love the pics but i love most the one of my lovely grandaughter

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Leda says:

    Great pics here! I love the light coming through the columns.
    But what’s with the red bibs on the foxes?

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  3. deb92024 says:

    Hi Leda, the explanation I got about the bibs was that, since I was seeing the shrine in winter, “of course” the spirit statues need winter clothes. Makes sense.

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