Full Hike: The Endless "Torii" at Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto, Japan - Best Attraction Ranking by Foreign Travelers

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Full Hike: The Endless "Torii" at Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto, Japan

Hike Description: Travelers to Japan are often confronted with the paradox of choice, but not to worry, as the choices are all good ones. They also suffer the "too-little-timeitis" condition, wishing their holiday trips could somehow be lengthened for them to experience more. Alas, if there was enough time, one might make the journey to the historical capital of Kyoto, next hop a train to either Inari or Fushimi-inari Station, then enter the Fushimi Inari Taisha (Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine), and finally walk among the multitude of torii (Shinto shrine gates)—which would make a fine choice indeed. Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head Inari shrine in Japan; there are around 30,000 other affiliated Inari shrines in the network. Lying at the base of and including the sacred Inariyama (Mt. Inari), the entire shrine complex is immense, containing many sub-shrines, buildings, teahouses, trails, ponds, and other sacred sites. Those are not yet counting the impressive torii, painted in vermilion and numbered in the thousands. They are donated by individuals and businesses for their wishes and prayers. Worshipers, near and far, will also come to perform a 5-km pilgrimage through the complex, visit each sub-shrine, and pay respects to the different deities. The most ardent stand under the water at Yakuriki-taki. The tired rest at the teahouses while enjoying various treats and hot/cold beverages. And they will do so in the company of foreign and local visitors, hikers, students, and the plainly curious, as this is one of the most visited sites in the country. Self Commentary: In Kyoto there are many ways to get to the shrine, but if travelling by train then get off at the Inari Station to be deposited directly in front of the trailhead/main entrance, or the nearby Fushimi-inari Station instead and walk 5 minutes. Beware that this is a very popular location, therefore the crowds will show up soon after 08:00—and chilly December air does not seem to discourage anyone. If the goal is to take photos of the torii with nobody around, it is best to arrive very early in the morning. I read that at night the hiking paths would be lit up by lanterns, but, unfortunately, did not get a chance to see that. It would be a different and somewhat eerie experience compared to doing a day hike. I also do not show every sub-shrine or sacred spot (I did visit them) in the video due to time and to leave something for viewers to discover. To thoroughly explore everything I would spend at least half a day here. And remember to also wander the surrounding streets as there are many interesting local shops, restaurants, businesses, and others. Finally, come during a festival or important event to up the enjoyment factor (the official shrine website lists some of the biggest ones). Hike Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JXzInX7NwdtO0pVn1 Fushimi Inari Taisha Hike by The Outbound Mind #Hiking
投稿日時:2018年01月14日 13時08分
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