Fushimi Inari Shrinebabibubebo | 7 10 2006
Fushimi Inari Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Inari, the Shinto Rice God. There are thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari throughout Japan, but Fushimi Inari, about a 5 minute train ride from Kyoto Station, is the most famous. The main reason why it is so famous is the thousands of tori gates that line the path up to the main shrine. It takes about two hours to walk the entire path and of course longer if you are stopping to take photographs. The torii gates are actually built for those that make a donation.
The other theme you will notice beside the tori gates are the fox statues and references. It is said the the fox is the messenger of Inari. Tori gates are one of the most iconic symbols of Japan and the thousands of tori gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine make for a great backdrop. My advice is to find a place you like and then just wait for the right moment to take a photo.
For more information see the Japan-Guide.com.
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