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Published on 06.28.2016
Walking through the one of the most breathtaking thousand gates will give you one more reason to love Japan.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is located on the mountain of Inari-san, which only takes 3-minute walk from JR Inari Station. This Japan's best known shrine gets thousands of Foreign visitors every year. After passing the Romon gate, you will see multiple shrines and neat shops for souvenirs. The shrine buildings are worth a thouThe long hike through the Torii gates and up the hill will take up to 2 hours. The Romon Gate welcomes you at the shrine's entrance. Based on history, this gate was donated in 1589 by the famous leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi. sand stares too. Behind the gate stands the shrine's main building known as ""Honden"". With seemingly endless arcades of over 10,000 orange Torii gates stretches over the hills of Inariyama mountain, this shrine is one of the most impressive and memorable sights in Kyoto which should be in your travel list.
This famous shrine was founded in the 8th century during the Heian period. It is dedicated to the God of rice and sake named Inari, a divinity, who can be found represented as a man and a woman. Over the centuries, as Japan became an Industrial nation, the shrine is visited by people praying for luck and prosperity in business. They say that the shrine bustles with crowds of about 3 million visitors praying for happiness in every beginning of the year.
Today, Fushimi Inari Shrine became Japan's head shrine of more than 30,000 other Inari Shrines located across Japan. Fushimi Inari Shrine is made up of five shrines on the sides of Inariyama hill. The main shrine is on the top, while the Go Honden shine and Sakura gate are at the base. Halfway up there is a view with stunning views over the city of Kyoto.
Walking to the enchanting unending 4km pathway of over thousands of vibrant orange parallel rows of gates known as the ""Torii gates"". It makes a delightful stroll even in the late afternoon and early evening visit. In some areas, the gates stand so close together that even the sunlight makes it harder to go through. The sunlight going through each gates forms a glowing red continuous tunnel.
These large Torii gates along the trail are donations by individuals, businessmen, and companies in Japan. You will find the donator's name and the date of the donation inscribed on the back of each gate. The donation costs starts around 400,000 yen for a small sized gate and increases to over one million yen for a large gate.
Along the trail, there are also some small shrines with miniature Torii gates and plenty of stone statues depicting foxes. They say that these foxes are considered a messenger of Inari. It holds a symbolic objects, a key, which is usually found in their mouths.
At the end of the hike, there will be a side street of souvenirs and food as you exit the shrine. This is the best place to find souvenirs and eat local food too.
How to get to Fushimi Inari Shrine?
The easiest way to get to Fushimi Inari Shrine from Kyoto is by train. It's only a five-minute journey. The JR Inari station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line, is right in front of the Sakura gate. It will costs 140 yen one way.
The shrine is always open and admission is free.
Music: 彼の丘に眠る/ Hirokazu Akiyama 秋山裕和 (Free BGM)
Source: Japan Travel