When we got to Kyoto Station we still needed to transfer and take the next stop to get directly to the front gate of Fushimi Inari Taisha...
|Main gate of Fushimi Inari. So many people!|
|Towards the main Building of Fushimi Inari.|
The place was indeed very beautiful though. the red/orange Torii were a great contrast to the sky and the surrounding trees...
|Facade of the main building.|
|Paper lantern decoration.|
|An old guy praying to the gods.|
|Map of Fushimi Inari Taisha.|
|Multiple Torii leading the path.|
|A small shrine by the side of the Torii|
|Multiple shrines with it's caretaker.|
Each Torii had some names written on them and those are apparently names of people/companies. The people/companies have to pay a sum to Fushimi Inari to have their personal Torii put in the temple. This is for good luck and once the place is filled with Torii you have to wait until one gets destroyed, apparently.
|Worn down Torii leading to a rest area.|
|To wash yourself.|
|From up to down.|
I looked at the map and asked myself how could we have completely missed the top of the mountain?
I looked again and again until I realised that we must've been at the top "a few shrines ago" and we didn't realise because there was no sign. But then, I looked even more at the map on the signboard on the entrance I saw that the pathway wraps around mount Inari so I guess there really wasn't a summit? Disappointed?
|I'm guessing this is a shrine or a grave?|
Regardless I went in and explored anyway and took some pictures (shown above).
Going a bit further down I saw a path with only a single Torii. I got curious and decided for us to go down there instead of the one we previously took. Because I like going to "roads less travelled" or "off the beaten path".
|A single Torii leading the way to another path.|
After walking so much we finally reached the end and we were very surprised. We realised why there weren't so many people...
When the streets finally registered on my phone I saw that we walked a whole train station away from the one we previously went in! That was a lot of walking.
We headed back to the station and there were still so much time! so we decided to head on to the nearest tourist attraction... Nara Park in Nara...