The headquarters of all 30,000 some Inari shrines in Japan, to Japanese people Fushimi Inari Shrine is a familiar entity. The whole of Mt. Inari is an object of worship, and torii are to be seen standing everywhere along the 4-km mountain walking route. Among them, the Senbon Torii (thousand torii) stand one after another other to create a red tunnel from the main shrine to the Okusha (inner shrine). The torii are symbols which both separate and join the world of humans from the world where the god of the shrine dwells, and you will feel yourself drawing nearer to the world of the god with each one you pass under. They create a truly mystical prospect of absolute beauty.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
Fushimi Inari Shrine can visited any time and its precincts are open 24 hours a day. Furthermore, admission is free. Care should be taken if intending to see prayers being incanted, as times for such activities are fixed. It is said that if you make a wish at the back of the innermost sanctuary and then pick up the "omokaru-ishi" stone there, the wish will come true if the stone feels lighter than you expected, and not come true if it feels heavier. Well, it's got to be worth a try, hasn't it?
The pleasure of travel: Fushimi Inari Shrine
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updated on Mar 27, 2015