Sunday, January 03, 2016

Travelogue: Kyoto, Japan (Fushimi Inari Shrine)

Visiting shrines in Japan are a must. One of the most-visited and popular (thanks to Memoirs of a Geisha) is Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, It is said to be the most important of all Shinto shrines established and is made for the god of rice (rice being a staple food in Japan and most Asian countries). The shrine is made up of thousands of torii gates and fox statues. Foxes are believed to be messengers of Inari which explains the abundance of such. 

It was almost evening when we arrived because again, we somehow got lost. We ended up riding the express train of the JR Nara line which goes directly from Tokufuji station to Momoyama (if I am not mistaken as I don't exactly remember if it is Momoyama or Rokujizu). There were still lots of people though it was already dark and a bit scary passing through the endless rows of torii gates. But there is a certain calmness as you walk under the gates at night.

How to Get There:
Take the JR Nara line from Kyoto Station and get off at Inari station. Please make sure to ride the non-express train and avoid doing the same mistake we did (what a waste of time getting lost). Upon exiting the station, the shrine should be right in front of you.

There is no entrance fee and no opening/closing hours as well.