TRAVEL

Fushimi-Inari Taisha.

February 23, 2015

Zen.

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This location was our second day of 5.30am wake-up calls, not that we mind one bit. The things we do for photography. Funny story though, even though we were that early, we managed to get ourselves on the wrong train that took us somewhere along the far outskirts of town, causing a slight delay in plans.

There are over a thousand torii gates lining the Fushimi-Inari Shrine, and it was jaw-dropping beautiful. I literally felt like i was experiencing the true essence of Japan and i couldn’t be happier. Our initial plan was to hike up Mount Inari where we would emerge on the other side, out to Tofuku-ji Temple. The hike was estimated at around 2-3hours and after panting up flights of stairs and arriving at a checkpoint, it looked like we barely even moved from the main entrance. I’m sure it also had something to do with all our constant stopping for shots (and not just from how physically unfit i am heh).

The reward of all that unglamorous panting was the view at the end. We knew we couldn’t finish the entire hike so we followed a sign that would supposedly lead us out to the Tofuku-ji Temple. The path led us down a forested area, which was a little worrying as there were no more signs so we weren’t even sure if we were heading the right way. We came out into a housing area and pretty much followed our gut instinct (we were forced to as there was no internet signal) and walked aimlessly until we found ourselves at the temple.

Three cheers for Dora the explorer.

Location:
Fushimi-Inari Taisha
68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho
Fushimi-ku, Kyoto Prefecture 612-0882
Open 7days; 24hours

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