When intending to visit Fushimi Inari-taisha, do it very early in the morning (6 or 8 am) or late afternoon/evening (5 to 7 pm). Lesser crowds to deal with for perfect photo opportunities. I took the chance to visit it late in the afternoon and started the climb up the 233m Mount Inari. Halfway up, a lookout gave stunning views of Kyoto below but I was sweating/panting/exhausted despite 3 degree Celsius temperatures. Almost gave up but I persevered on till the summit. Mission accomplished.
Fushimi Inari Shrine. A beautiful shinto shrine located in Kyoto which is widely known for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. They are located behind the main buildings and straddle the trails leading into the forest of the sacred Mount Inari. You will find a lot of Fox statues all over the place, this is due to them being regarded as being Inari's messenger ☺ Should you decide that you wish to ascend the mountain, you will usually start by walking through the Senbon Torii, two rows of torii gates. Here you will have opportunity to choose shorter or longer hiking trails. Or you could just take a wrong turn, stroll through the forest for quite a while, enjoy the scenery and end up at the back of the mountain 😳 It's quite the hike accompanied by steep stairs but you will still reach the top. You just took the long way round and instead of reaching the Yotsutsuji intersection before the peak, you will do it the other way round. The view will still be breathtaking ♥ And the way down much easier on your legs than the way up 😉 #kyoto#fushimiinari#torii#japan#abroad#japan#shrine#shinto#mountain#inari#mountinari#yotsutsujiintersection#beautiful#night#vermillion#lanterns#beautifulscenery#tranquillity#hiking #happiness#senbontorii#gates#fun
On the 4th day of our stay, we visited Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of torii gates, and the trail up around Mount Inari. The trek up the mountain just about killed me...my legs still feel like jelly when I walk 😭
Some of the thousands of torii gates at the famous Fushimi Inari shrine. The gates straddle various trails on Mount Inari. It’s a beautifully peaceful place to be if you can avoid the crowds which we managed to do! Hoping for a repeat visit later this year...