Throwback Thursday, is a weekly reminiscent movement where you re-post past events or photos. They can be from years ago or from just a few days ago. Its a great way to look back fondly on some of your favorite memories……
I visited the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto a couple of years ago and it is still one of my favourite shrines up to date. Fushimi Inari Shrine is the most famous of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari across Japan and if you ask me, it is also one of the most beautiful. If you only get top visit one shrine during your visit to Kyoto, make sure it is the Torii fulled Fushimi Inari shrine. Inari is the Shinto god of rice, and foxes are thought to be his messengers.
This shrine had a very peaceful and spiritual atmosphere and was filled with offerings by worshippers.Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for the thousands of red and orange torii gates. The shrine grounds is said to hold over 10,000 Torii gates. Experiencing these numerous and well-preserved gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine are like touching a piece of human history. Just imagine if we could see all that they have seen over the years. The red and Orange Torii cover the hiking trails of Inarisan, the wooded mountain behind the shrine’s main buildings. A lot of people make the journey to this shrine just to walk through these pathways winding through the mountains.
A very unique thing about the Torii gates at Inari Fushimi, is their background or whats painted on them Each gate has been donated by a company or organization giving thanks for their prosperity and in hope of good fortune in the future. I only wished I could read all of the names engraved on each gate, but it still remains a beautiful artwork representing Japan’s past.
Essentially you had a choice of two paths, short or long, but there were a couple of different routes for each one. It takes about two hours to walk along the whole trail, if you stop along the way to take thousands of photos like me. These pathways wound through the mountain and you got to walk through tunnels created by thousands of bright orange and red torii gates all the way. Every now and again there would be a fork in the road and I would just pick and choose an entrance as all of the different routes ended up back at the main shrine in the end.
I didn’t really have a plan and had the whole morning to explore the temple and its grounds. The varying sizes and faded colors surprised me the most. Since pictures don’t do it justice, you have to see all of it for yourself in person.
I had a very leisurely walk and even stopped for a drink and something to eat at a sweet little place next to the road between all the shrines and statues that lined my way. Kitsune Udon (“Fox Udon”), a noodle soup topped with pieces of aburaage (fried tofu), a favorite food of foxes, is served at most of these small restaurants along the hiking trail so I had to try it. It was lovely and very filling.
I enjoyed exploring this shrine and was very reluctant to leave.