Fushimi Inari Shrine

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From Hakone, we doubled back to Odawara and continued with shinkansen to Kyoto, arriving at twilight. Top on our list to visit the next day is the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its rows of vermilion torii gates, featured in many travel pictures of Japan, but I didn’t know before that these torii straddle a vast network of trails behind its main buildings and lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, the peak of which is 233 meters high. V and I actually walked to the top to find… nothing much but at least three hours of our time gone by the time we got back down. I guess the climb is a rite and an offering in itself. If you do not have the time or the stamina, I’d suggest you venture up only to the Yotsutsuji intersection, which is roughly half way up the mountain. Here you are treated to a nice view over Kyoto.

Photos by Arnold Hozana and yours truly

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