Thursday, April 7, 2016

Japan Trip 2015: Fushimi Inari Shrine


On our very first official day in Japan we took the train to Kyoto to visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine. A few people have told me about this beautiful place and I made sure we got to visit.

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Foxes are thought to be Inari's messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari Shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital's move to Kyoto in 794.
It was so beautiful and amazing. The trails just went on and lead us into a forest and it was nothing I have seen before. Of course, the farther into the trail you went the more spiders you encounter. I had to say "Nooooooope" after the second climb and all I saw were webs on every single tree. There were so many fox statues every where, the shrines were an honor to see, and just being in the spot was so calming and peaceful. I was overwhelmed by it all but I was so happy.

I don't know what more to say about this place except if you get the chance to visit Kyoto, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine. It's just breath taking. After we made our way back down we found an area with food! I ended up buying Takoyaki and quail! I didn't like the quail but Jaime ate it all.

Enjoy a small selection of photos! We took so man photos! If you want to see more please let me know! I'll be happy to show off some.


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These photos were also giving me a hard time in my Project Life album. I did finally complete the spread and I will be sharing it in a future post. I just need more natural light so I have to wait for the weekend. 

Have you visited Fushimi Inari Shrine? What were your thoughts? 

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