re: Fushimi Inari-Taisha

It was a race against time when visiting Fushimi Inari-Taisha. Although there’s no official closing time, the light of the sun is crucial for taking pictures! Being in such a rush I ended up leading us onto the rapid train, taking us three stations past our desired stop. We got there as the sun was setting, sprinting past the other late comers in our haste to get a good photo (i.e. no one in the background). It’s amazing, not only the sheer amount of gates, but also the sizes! Starting off small enough to touch the top, you don’t feel that sense of amazement until you delve deeper into the maze of the gates. In fact, following the lines of torii gates, it wasn’t until halfway through that we realised we had started on the hike up Mt. Inari. Never one to back down from a challenge, I was determined to make it to the top, much to the chagrin of my friend. It was dark when we reached the top, but there was a great view of Kyoto from its peak. While I think it would have been fun to visit Fushimi Inari-Taisha in the day, going outside of peak times proved for a memorable experience!

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The climb back down was easy and quick (surprisingly well-lit too), partly driven by hunger and the need to pee. But we made it back to the station and found a restaurant serving Wesley’s food of choice, omurice. A Japanese dish that doesn’t really appeal to me much, so I got the rice and burger instead (not that great either). This pretty much ends our first day in Kyoto, one packed full of events, but a perfect way to tour Kyoto’s landscape on a time limit!

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  1. Hey! These photos are INCREDIBLE! Your blog is so beautiful. Could I ask what kind of software you use to edit your photos? I’m moving to Korea pretty soon, but I stopping in Japan first. I hope I can visit here as well!

    1. Thank you so much! I use VSCO to edit my photos, it’s my favourite app for photo editing and I recommend it to everyone haha 🙂 I want to go back to Seoul so much, its such a cool place! Congrats for moving there – have fun in Japan too!

      1. I’ve tried to use VSCO before but for some reason found it kind of difficult to use. But I love the feeling and quality of your photos, so I’ll definitely give it another go!

  2. This brings back memories! I still have my cellphone stuffed with pictures of these gates, trying to get one without people or umbrellas in sight 🙂 Thanks for sharing your voyages around Japan, it makes me want to go back!

  3. When we first went there, we were taken by surprise too by the large number of gates and the seemingly neverending walk…Did you notice most of the gates were donated by companies? Fushimi Inari is the patron god of merchants we recalled.

    1. I didn’t know they were donated by companies, but did notice they were available to buy/donate! Just assumed they were from rich families ahha. That’s pretty interesting though! Thanks for sharing!

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