Fushimi Inari Taisha
Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2020
Kyoto is well-known for the abundance of temples and shrines throughout the city. The most famous shrine in Kyoto is the Fushimi Inari Taisha. The Fushimi Inari is an important place of worship for the Shinto faith, dedicated to the god of rice. The shrine itself was built in 1499 consists of several beautiful structures. Foxes are considered the messengers of the god, and you’ll see lots of fox statues all around the shrine. The shrine is a massively popular tourist destination because of the red torii gates. The grounds of the shrine include the 233 meters high Mount Inari, and all the trails leading up the hill are lined with torii. Both individuals and companies donated thousands of torii for good luck and fortune. A full hike through this breath-taking path takes up to 3 hours and can be quite challenging. Luckily, there are resting points with shops and restaurants and lovely views of Kyoto.
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