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Published on 06.03.2016
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, located on the side of Mt. Inari, is easily one of the most recognizable sights in all of Japan. This UNESCO site has even been featured in various films and dramas, including the 2005 hit, "Memoirs of a Geisha." A must-visit for anyone planning to travel to Kyoto.
Inari shrines are dedicated to the god Inari, who is one of the principle gods of Shinto, indigenous religion of Japan. Inari is a god that is said to have connections with financial success, so those with matters of money on their minds often visit shrines of Inari, to pray for the god's favor. However, this particular shrine is without a doubt, the most famous of all the Inari shrines. The reason for its fame is the thousands of brilliant red "torii gates" which straddle the paths running up the mountain. There are about 10,000 gates scattered throughout the grounds.
One interesting thing to note is the numorous fox statues that can be found throughout the shrine grounds. In Japanese mythology, foxes are throught to be the messengers of Inari, hence the reason for the multitudes of fox statues that can be found in all Inari shrines.
Those who visit the shrine follow its vermillion torii gate-covered trails up the mountain. It takes about 2 hours to reach the top of the mountain, but the beauty that can be witnessed during the trek up is certainly worth the effort. A trip to Fushimi Inari Taisha is sure to become an unforgettable experience for anyone.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is located just outside JR Inari Station, on the JR Nara line. The shrine can also be reached in a short walk from Fushimi Inari Station along the Keihan Main Line. Fushimi Inari Shrine is free to enter, and is always open. Please note however, that it can be dangerous to visit the shrine after dark, due to decreased visibility.
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Source: Japan Travel