Inari or Inari Okami is a Japanese god of foxes and Fushimi Inari Taisha(伏見稲荷大社) located at the South part of Kyoto is the head shrine of Inari.
If you have watched Memoirs of the Geisha, where young Sayuri was running among red gates then you have seen a glimpse of Fushimi Inari Taisha.
I remember the first time I visited the place, years ago I was in awe of the gates that are place all the way to the top of the mountain. We got there a little before 7pm so it was a very interesting experience. I think the main temple was already close but the way to the mountain was not since there are people living on top of it. It was dark but we made it safely to the top and the night view of Kyoto was beautiful.
Early this month I joined a group of amazing people to take a walk starting from the Fushimi Inari Taisha to Chushojima. There was big snow storm the night before and then the next day, it rained and snow so it was really cold but it did not stop us.
The whole group in front of Inari Taisha. Can you find me?
Entering the Shrine Vicinity. The roof is still covered in snow.
The Fox Guarding the Main Shrine. No taking of picture of the Main Shrine.
The other Fox and this one is holding a stalk of golden rice grain.
The gates. Choose which way to go. Can you find Sayurin?
The Side. It’s a long way.
A girl in Kimono.
There are several ways to go there. If you are coming from Kyoto, Take JR Nara Line and stop at Inari Station. From Kyobashi or Yodoyabashi Station in Osaka you can take Keihan line bound for Demachiyanagi and stop at Fushimi Inari Station. There is also a bus from JR Kyoto Station but it leaves every hour only, a bit inconvenient so taking the train is the best way to go.
If you visit this place, try to walk all the way to the top of the mountain and check out the view of Kyoto City.
Till the next Kyoto adventure.