The Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) is located about 30 minutes from the Nishiki Market. It sits at the base of the Inari mountain named after Inari the kami of rice and agriculture. Fushimi is one of a kind with thousands of mini tori gates which are visited by millions each year. I read that it actually houses 32,000 mini shrines through out the 2 hour hike.
Known as the red gates, Fushimi is said to have ancient origins that predate the move of Japan’s capital to Kyoto. This dates all the way back to 794.
When you look around you really get that vibe. It’s hilly and windy. As you go up the trail it’s you’re walking into a forest. The trees become vast with the sky peaking through the edges of branches.
The Fushimi Inari Shrine is home to thousands of vermillion torii gates that line the multiple trails.
Walking around most shrines you’ll see the statue of the god or figure to which the shrine is dedicated to. Fushimi is represented by the messenger fox. All of the fox statues here have a key in there mouths.
If you had to pick one shrine to visit in all of Japan, I would highly recommend visiting Fushimi. When you get there sit on a bench to reflect and honor the trip. Although next time I go back I’d love to take the full two hour hike.
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