Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari (rice) in Kyoto. It is located right next to JR Inari station so it is very easily accessible.
Too bad it was rainy when we arrive and getting dark at only 4.30pm.
BBQ Quail seems to be the specialty of that place.
There was a bit of light up that was rather nice.
The climb of stairs and slope through thousand? of tori gates will take around 2 hours.
These Tori gates are sponsored by companies. If you want to take pictures without people, travel further up.
The path was also filled with small shrines like this. People usually do not visit this shrine at night, only foreigners...
The view halfway up was stunning.
This is where people usually go back down as the path splits into two routes. There were also food stalls but they already closed around 4.30pm.
We met this caucasian guy who was very tall and walked very fast, he was also a bit clueless where to go except to go up and up.
After nearly 2 hours (including photo taking and lots of sweat in the rain), we finally reached the top!
This is evidence we reached the top.
Then we went through another pathway down, meeting a few foreigners along the way. I would presume there are less foreigners during off peak season.
As you can see, it is rather spooky at night but it is less crowded and has a different atmosphere to it. Moreover, it is FREE. But be warned not to go during summer nights as mosquitoes there will attack in swarms...