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Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for the thousands of vermillion torii gates that are lined up one after another. It is an important Shinto shrine located in the southern part of Kyoto. The origins of the shrine predate the beginning of the Heian period. The trails that lead to the sacred forest of Mount Inari are covered with torii gates and foxes. Many companies go to the religious site to have the blessing of the Inari deity for their business. All the torii gates are donated from various companies over the years and cost 400,000 yen to have a small gate in Fushimi Inari Shrine. The reason why you will see foxes around the grounds is because they are said to be the messengers of Inari.

Behind the main grounds is the entrance to the Senbon Torii (thousands of torii gates) trail. It is here that there are two dense and parallel rows of torii gates. On one side of the gates you can see the inscriptions of the names of those who donated the torii and the date. The hike to the summit takes an average of 2-3 hours. Along the trails are smaller shrines as well as restaurants to enjoy locally themed dishes.



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