During my 1st visit to Japan, I visited a lot of temples and while they were interesting, I think after a couple of temples, they were all starting to look the same. So this time around, we decided that we would skip most of the temple visit and only visit a few really interesting ones. On the top of the list is the Fushimi Inari Shrine in southern Kyoto. Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for its vermillion gates – thousands of them!
JR Inari Station
After getting out of the JR Inari Station and walking for about 5 minutes, you will get to this main entrance. This was at 8:30 am and it was already starting to get crowded.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
There is a map of the temple grounds near the entrance. The hike to the top & back will take about 2-3 hours. We only managed to hike halfway up before coming down a different route.
The vermillion torii gates were donated by people and the name and date of the donors are inscribed on the back of each gate
Seeing double?? It’s actually 2 separate paths that you can take.
There are some shops that’ll souvenirs, drinks and food. While waiting for Qdad to return ( he went all the way to the top!!), we sat and did a little people-watching. I love to watch all the kimonos. There was a group of school children that were all dressed in kimonos and yukatas probably on a school trip. Lots of tourists asked to take photos with them because they looked really nice in their Japanese traditional outfits.
On the way out of the temple, we came across some interesting food stalls. So pretty!
We got some yummy pork belly skewers. So yummy!
This is the 1st time I’ve ever seen fresh orange juice like this! They drilled a hole in an orange, use a tool to kinda mush up the insides and stuck a straw in it. Can’t get any fresher than this, right?