Fushimi Inari Shrine is a photographer's dreamland. It is so beautiful that it was even featured in the movie Memoirs of the Geisha. Can you imagine that? A hill full of red tori gates! And the best part? Fushimi Inari Shrine is just one train station away from Kyoto!
As usual, we need to cleanse ourselves before we pray in a Japanese temple/shrine. But wait! Before you start talking to the gods, telling them your wishes, please ring the bell to attract their attention!
The Japanese believe that it is through a tori gate that they can enter the world of the gods and communicate with them. That is why you see a tori gate used a the main door of Japanese shrines. But why are there so many tori gates in Fushimi Inari Shrine? That's because these tori gates were built whenever someone donates big time to the shrine. On the tori gates, you can find the name of the donor on the left, and date of donation on the right. So just look at one whole hill of tori gates and imagine what vast amount has been donated at the Fushimi Inari Shrine!
At the Fushimi Inari Shrine, there are also statues of fox. It is said that foxes are the messenger to carry your wishes to the gods!
伏見稻荷大社 （Fushimi-Inari Taishi） - From Kyoto station, take the JR Nara line to Inari station.
伏見稻荷大社 （Fushimi-Inari Taishi） Official website
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