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.

Fushimi Inari Shrine

IFushimi Inari Shrine

It was a beautiful day in Kyoto with bright blue skies – this did unfortunately mean photography was at times a little challenging, and a lot of views looking up ended up with a bit of lens flare. Fushimi Inari Shrine

A place for the ritual washing before going into the shine. Fushimi Inari Shrine

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. Fushimi Inari ShrineLooking back towards the entrance.

Fushimi Inari ShrineThere were quite a lot of fox statues around the shrine complex. They are considered to be messengers, and are often seen holding keys in their mouths.

Fushimi Inari ShrineSake barrels – I’m not sure if there was actually any sake inside.

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

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! Fushimi Inari Shrine IMG_5670Fushimi Inari Shrine

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. Fushimi Inari ShrineThere will be more images from the Fushimi Inari Shrine soon.

This entry was posted by Jennifer Ferreira.

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