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Fushimi Inari Taisha

Posted on 17 March 2012

Travel Date: 31 October 2010
Location: Fushimi, Kyoto
Website: http://inari.jp/

If there’s one shrine that you don’t want to miss in Kyoto, I’d say Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) should be the one. Located in Fushimi, inari is the god of rice while taisha is what a grand shrine usually called.

A giant torii at the entrance

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Thousands of Torii (千本鳥居)

It’s quite amazing to see and walk under so many vermilion torii (鳥居), all donated by Japanese business or individual who worships inari for wealth. Not to mention the shrine is surprisingly huge, including hiking trails to the summit of the mountain which I didn’t do it as I was short of time. Anyways, I do believe that there are more than ten-thousand of torii in the shrine – it’s just so, so many of them, and they became like tunnels!

Thousands of torii

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Kitsune (Fox)

Initially I thought the statues are dogs but apparently they’re foxes – it is said that they’re the messengers of inari. The kitsune-face ema (絵馬) found in Fushimi Inari Taisha is the cutest ema design I’ve ever seen – couldn’t resist to spend 500Y to doodle a face and write some wishes on it. ^^”

Kitsune (fox) statue

Guess which is mine?

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Omokaruishi おもかる石

As the description mentioned, lift the stone on top of the candles-holder-thing and if it feels light for you, that means your wish will be granted. That said, I couldn’t even move it a wee bit! ;( Let’s hope that’s just because I did it without tossing some coins beforehand..

Omokaruishi

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Others

Met some cats and dogs along the way while walking aimlessly in the shrine. There are also many other little shrines all over the taisha, they seemed to be serving different purposes like for good health and what not. Definitely worth a trip down south of Kyoto to visit this place, before heading to Nara! :)

A shrine neko (cat)

A Shiba Inu is out for a walk ^^

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How To Get There

  • From Kyoto station, take JR Nara line to JR Inari station (稲荷駅)
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha is just right outside of the station

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