Fushimi Inari Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Kyoto

A Marvel in the Sake Land

By Denis Plamondon
Photos by Denis Plamondon/Sandra D'Sylva

Fushimi Gates Outer View

Fushimi Gates Outer View

Going to Fushimi Inari Shrine is certainly one of the best destinations in Kyoto. If you are looking for an inspiring environment, trigger your soul with a set of surprising locations and give your body a journey to breath in fresh air with a good pulse, you should pay a visit to this exceptional site.

Fushimi Inari Shops

Fushimi Inari Shops

Once you past the typical souvenirs and local’s shops – try the sweets or the famous sake – you will start to go uphill.

Celestial Gates Fushimi Inari

Celestial Gates Fushimi Inari

The orange gates with a black base are numerous. They form two long tunnels in which you enter with a certain amount of admiration until you wonder why they so many are.

Choose your way in Fushimi Inari

Choose your way in Fushimi Inari

Each door is a donation from a benefactor and bears its name, the emperor’s period and replaces the old one. Before you begin your excursion, use the long rod of the wooden spoon to reach the water and pour it on your hands in a gesture of respect, of yourself.

Water purify your soul

Water purify your soul

As you may already know, the site is a Shinto Shrine dedicated to the god of rice, sake and prosperity – if you like sake, the Fushimi Area offers great opportunities to visit a sake factory. Why don’t you join the two events while you are around?

Shrine Inari with wooden shoes

Shrine Inari with wooden shoes

On your way up, you will encounter many little shrines and two foxes at the entrance of each one. These are not gods but Inari’s messengers and servants.

Foxes Guardian of Inari

Foxes Guardian of Inari

As you ascend the mountain and the countless stairs, you will reach a nice little pound. This is a good place to pause and to contemplate. Feel the silence, enjoy the enlightenment of your thoughts while following these nice and patient birds flying over the lake.

Bird on the Roof

Bird on the Roof

The shrine there has a nice altar and the monks will help you with your any donation.

Shinto Altar

Shinto Altar

Along the way, one finds Japanese style restaurants and automatic machine for refreshments. The magic will not be gone because of it, though. You will get used to it in Japan. On a hot day, you will appreciate a cold drink.

Lantern at Fushimi Inari

Lantern at Fushimi Inari

If you are not fit when you arrive in Japan, you will when you leave. Unless you stay put in front of your TV at your hotel. You will spend many hours there as the loop is long, although you can choose to a certain extent how far you are ready to go for the health of your spirit and body.

Leaving Las Inari Fushimi

Leaving Las Inari Fushimi

Access from Kyoto Station: JR Nara Line, Inari Station

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