Fushimi Inari – 伏見稲荷
The former capital city of Japan, Kyōto, is a treasure house for holy buildings such as shrines and temples.
This time we will talk about one of the most famous landmark of this city and Japan itself, the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine!
What’s special about the Fushimi Inari?
In Japan’s Shintō religion, Inari is the fox-looking divinity of rice. “Fushimi” called shrines are wherever in Japan, but Fushimi Inari Taisha has the largest number of fox statues than any other.
Anyway, rather than focusing on these many statues in line, people are attracted by the thousands toriis in line located in the shrine’s area. Their path extends for several kilometers up to the top of Mount Fushimi, hiking here is therefore fun! Among these toriis small shrines and larger ones are located, you can see many emas here (little votive prayers written on a wooden tablet)!
On the way to the mountain’s top there is a place called Yotsutsuji: this spot is perfect for a small break and you can also enjoy a view on the city of Kyōto, the landscape is particularly beautiful on clear days!
Small toriis can be purchased close to Fushimi Inari Taisha. How about such souvenirs?
How to reach Fushimi Inari
To know how to reach the Fushimi Inari Shrine, click here!
The first time I went to Fushimi Inari Taisha I was impressed by the vermillion buildings in line located at the shrine’s entrance.
The first one is the gate called Rō-mon, which was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. By passing the Rō-mon I came by the main hall and then to the toriis path beginning by going further.
Walking under the toriis among the cedars made me feel that the mountain was the home of divinities. Being there makes you forget about modern cities like Tōkyō laying on the land of the same country.
Proceeding on the toriis path I came by the Omokaru Stone: according to the legend, if you’re able to lift this stone easily your soul’s pureness will be shown.
So I tried to lift it and… heavy or light, it was hard to understand if I did it easily on not!
During the last years Fushimi Inari Taisha has become very popular among foreigners, so you may want to avoid peak times when you visit it.
What you can see here will remain in your memories as the perfect scenery of traditional Japan.