Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fushimi Inari - Torii Galore!

I could’ve just included this in my previous entry, but I feel that Fushimi Inari Shrine deserves a separate blog posts.

If you have a day in Kyoto, please don’t miss visiting Fushimi Inari. You can go and skip all the other temples and pavilion (well, maybe not all of them) but DO NOT MISS VISITING FUSHIMI INARI! Memorize that name now.

Fushimi Inari is one station away from JR Kyoto Station, along the JR Nara line. I used my Japan Railpass to board the train. The train ride is less than 5 minutes; waiting for the train is longer.

You won’t miss the shrine, it is just outside the train station. There’s a bright red-orange temple gate. Everyone wants their photo here.

There is no entrance fee! This is completely free! XD

Red? Orange? Red Orange? Nope, It is VERMILLION.

There are thousands of these vermillion torii gates dedicated to Inari - the Shinto god of rice. Even locals go here regularly, I believe. You can write your wish (again) in these miniature toriis. 


 Fushimi Inari has thousands of these torii gates. According to the map, the stream of these vermillion torii gates goes for four (4) kilometres, which will take you 2 hours to complete. Talaga lang ha, two hours?

Playing with the Color Accent function c/o Canon.

This part is extremely difficult to photograph no people. Didn’t get a change for a solo shot here.

No Chinese characters at this angle
There was a part that was used for filming some movie or TV series. The tourists were asked to stop for a moment while they shoot the scene. I sneaked taking some photos.

There are chinese characters now
Turn around, and you'll see the Chinese characters in the torii-s (is that even the correct plural?)

I heard some people speaking in Filipino! Finally, I found tourists from the Philippines! I didn’t encounter a lot while I was in Tokyo and this is the first time I’ve seen Pinoys in Kyoto. So I asked them to take my photo. Now I have profile pic worthy solo shot.

The torii empire goes on and on. I stopped when I saw another map, I didn’t want to climb any more steps and I’ve had tons of torii memories already. 

There were some shops and snack spots up there, but they were already closed.

Fushimi Inari Shrine was also in WherethehellisMatt video 3.

I was starving by the time I got back at the entrance. So I settled for this quite unhealthy dessert snack.

They key word here is FREE. I didn't shell out anything for transportation because I used by JR Railpass. I didn't pay anything because the entrance was FREE. So there's no reason not to visit Fushimi Inari!

1 comment:

  1. the tunnel with 'vermilion' (worth repeating, hehe!) pillars was seen in the movie 'Memoirs of a Geisha,' the one with Zhang Ziyi as the lead.. :)


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