Fushimi-Inari Shrine

On my visit to Japan in April/May 2015, I had a chance to see the Fushimi-Inari Shrine in Kyoto. It consists of hundreds of little shrines connected by a 4km long walkway through the red toriis you see on the pictures. There are kifune statues, foxes, everywhere and they are the protectors of the shrine, which is dedicated to Inari.

It is a hilly area and most of the trail are stairs, so I did not take my bicycle with me, although I heard from couchsurfers that you can ride there at night, when it’s empty. Locals think the site haunted/protected (?) by spirits and not many go there after dark.

At daytime it’s very busy, it is the most visited holy site in western Japan, getting a picture as seen above takes patience. Good for any photographer that comes by is the extreme politeness of the Japanese, who know the struggle of shooting a picture with people walking into it. They are more than happy to wait a few moment, so that you can get the shot you like.

I spend several hours in the area and only left after it got too dark to continue…

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