10D9N Spring Japan Trip: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

When you are in Kyoto, you MUST visit Fushimi Inari Shrine at least once because well, the shrine is really one-and-only kind in the whole world. And second, you can take great shot here (if you come in less popular timing, of course). It is very convenient to take the subway to Fushimi Inari Shrine as it is located directly outside the exit of the JR Inari Station. When you exit the station, you will be welcomed by a fox statue. Well, inari means the Japanese spirit of foxes and it symbolises prosperity and success. You can expect to see a lot of fox statues inside the shrine complex. 

10D9N Spring Japan Trip: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine has been an important shrine since Heian period. It has also become one of the selected temples which are supported by Japanese Government. It is kept in a good condition even until now. 

Fushimi Inari Shrine Main Building Kyoto

There are so many ways to make a wish/ pray here. For instance, you can pray on a torii here. A mini one of course.

Miniature torii at Fushimi Inari Kyoto

Or take your luck reading and if you get a bad luck reading, you can tie them here so that the bad luck will not follow you. I'd rather not buy this seriously. #veryscaredofbadluck

Prayer tied up at Fushimi Inari Shrine Japan

The most impressive sight of Fushimi Inari Shrine however, is not located at the main shrine building. In fact, you need to make way to the left side of the main building. And follow where the crowd goes i.e. under the big torii here.

Entrance to the thousands torii path at Fushimi Inari Kyoto

The path will lead you toward the path lined with thousands of torii. Everyone who visits Fushimi Inari Shrine comes for a shot of this torii. It is very very challenging to take a picture here without being photobombed by another person. Unless you are willing to climb a bit further where the crowd thinning out. Otherwise, your only best chance to take free-of-people shot of the thousand torii is by taking the picture of the path leading to a corner. Tough. 

The 10,000 torii at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto

Prayer and wishes written on torii, I think? Not very sure what's written here but they can't be curses right? 

Japanese writing at Fushimi Inari torii

If you really want to trek until you reach the end of the thousands torii (I googled it and turns out there are 10,000 torii), do note that it can take you a total of 3 - 4 hours both ways. I don't think I can last that long and after a while, this place gives me headache. Not sure if it's due to the hot weather, the crowd, or well...spiritual beings. #uhoh

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