Sunday, November 22, 2015

Kyoto Trip: Fushimi Inari Taisha at night

Kyoto Trip: Fushimi Inari Taisha at night shrine
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.

Kyoto Trip: Fushimi Inari Taisha at night shrine
The path was also filled with small shrines like this. People usually do not visit this shrine at night, only foreigners...

fushimi inari taisha shrine kyoto night
The view halfway up was stunning.

Kyoto Trip: Fushimi Inari Taisha at night shrine
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.

Kyoto Trip: Fushimi Inari Taisha at night shrine
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.

fushimi inari taisha shrine kyoto night
After nearly 2 hours (including photo taking and lots of sweat in the rain), we finally reached the top!

fushimi inari taisha shrine kyoto night
This is evidence we reached the top.

Kyoto Trip: Fushimi Inari Taisha at night shrine
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...

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  1. Oh, we went to Fushimi Inari Shrine too! Such an enchanting shrine. We didn't go all the way to the top though because we wanted to buy a torii gate as a souvenir at the bottom before the shops close at 4:30-5p.m.:
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