Fushimi Inari Shrine: Kyoto, Japan
I picked this shrine in particular because I wanted to take pictures of the infamous red torii gates. It is located in front and partially on the mountain Inari, but is really the main shrine to Inari, a god that is supposedly responsible of foxes, rice, sake, fertility, as well as business and agriculture. You will see many statutes of foxes or fox-like animals around the shrine and many sub-shrines on the property. Kitsune are the fox deities that are supposed to be the messengers for the Inari god. You can find more information about the Inari kami (or god) at the link above from Wikipedia.
We tried to get to the shrine as early as we could, but for some reason, it always took us an extra hour to get out of the hostel that we were at (The Piece Hostel Kyoto). By the time that we arrived, which was approximately 930am, there were already tons of tourists out. I have to admit, I was a bit of a brat and pouted a bit due to frustration in getting a good picture. However, I realized later on that many tourists did not hike all the way to the top of the mountain where there were many more red torii gates. The photo ops there are much better if you want to try and get a people-less shot.
The shrine is easily accessible by the Japan Rail Pass as it is directly across the station, Inari, located just a five to ten minute ride from Kyoto Station on the JR-Nara line. The shrine can be found at:
Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 612-0882, Japan
- Phone: +81 75-641-7331
I’ve uploaded a few pictures already to the photography website. You can find the link here, or on the side titled “V/ Photography” (if the link doesn’t work). Again, I ask to please try not to copy the picture(s) as it took forever to get those shots due to the number of tourists as well as the time to edit them. Thank you again, and I hope you enjoy the photos!