Fushimi Inari Taisha (Part One)
One of the highlights of the trip to Kyoto was the Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari-Taisha). When selecting the images for this blog post I found that there were too many I wanted to include, so they are split over two posts. The Fushimi Inari Shrine is a short train ride to the south of Kyoto (if you have a JR Rail Pass you can travel here using that). Before I started to look through the guide books at what to visit around Kyoto I already had this site on my ‘to visit’ list because of blog posts I had seen from photographers Dave Powell and David Runacres. The shrine is at the base of a mountain, and while the shrine complex itself if impressive it is well known for its thousands of bright ‘torii’ gates which lead up the mountain (featured in Part Two of this blog post).
A short stroll from the train station and you are faced with this view.
The colours at this place (and indeed in many places on our trip) were incredible. I should add at this point I haven’t edited these images other than cropping a few slightly. Looking back towards the entrance.
It is common at many shrines in Japan to leave one of these plaques hanging with a prayer or wish inscribed on it. Often they were decorated on one side and a hand written message was on the other side. In this shrine, there were also thousands of peace cranes hung in huge bunches – these must have taken a long time to make!
In Tokyo we had more or less caught the end of the cherry blossom season, but in Kyoto a lot of the trees were still in full bloom – there will be blog posts later on the many different areas of cherry blossoms we discovered. There will be more images from the Fushimi Inari Shrine soon.