Hawaii Mom Blog: Visit Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine




July 3, 2018

Visit Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine

While planning a quick trip to Osaka, I knew I wanted to visit Kyoto, in particular the Fushimi Inari Shrine.  I had seen the rows of stunning vermilion torii gates of the Shinto shrine and just had to see it in person.  

We arrived late so the shops were closed and the crowds were light which actually made it a wonderful time to visit.  We took our time exploring the grounds and walking the trails.  We didn't go to the top, but the hike to the summit and back is about 5 miles and can take 2-3 hours.  The shrine is beautiful and I am grateful to have seen it in person.    

The kanji on the reverse side of the gates mean the gates were donated.

The shrine's main hall.

Rows of these beautiful gates with the names of the donors and the dates they were given.

The shrine is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.  Foxes are thought to be Inari's messengers
so you will see many fox statues.   

Sunset is a beautiful time to visit. 

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