Fushimi Inari Temple in Kyoto

One of our favorite spots in Kyoto is Fushimi Inari Shrine so I think it deserves its own post. Before going, I have always seen photos of the orange pillars that everyone walks through.  What I didn’t realized was that there are thousands of them, all lined up to lead you up the mountain. 


Spring is coming to Japan so the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom. And what a sight they are. 

In front of the entrance to Fushimi Inari temple. On the left you can see a lot of ppl are using the water provided to clean their hands and mouth before praying. It is a new custom we learned here. 


In Kyoto, there were lots of girls dressed up in kimonos walking everywhere. I was tempted but since I did that with my sister already in Tokyo, I passed on the opportunity. In general, it is abiut $50 to rent the kimonos and walk around for the day. There are tons of shops to rent it from.

We noticed there are these sticks that you ask questions, shake and see what answers come out. Except it was in Japanese so we couldn’t understand it. 😦  

As you head to the path up the mountain, you enter the pillars. Ideally, this is what you’d like to see: less ppl and more opportunities to take selfies. 

But in reality, there are ppl everywhere! EVERYWHERE! We went at 4pm the first day we got to Kyoto and it was jammed back with tourists.
But as you go up and up more, people start to fall off so it will become less crowded. 

And if you are persistent enough to make it to the top of the mountain, you’ll get this view of all of Kyoto.



Then on your way down, you can reward yourself with food from the street stalls right outside. Hahahah… 

Until next time,

Tra

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