After the amazing stay in Arashiyama and the Hot Spring Hotel, my family and I reluctantly said farewell and headed towards our next destination: the Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社), famously known for its thousands of torii (gates).
This Shinto Shrine is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice. Although, in modern times, Inari is also said to be the god of success and prosperity in business. Lots of people lined up to pay their respects and ring some sort of ‘wishing bell’. I noticed lots of fox statues around, and I’ve now learned that foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers.
After paying our respects, we walked behind the shrine where the entrance to the hiking trail with thousands of torii is located. I don’t know how people can take pictures without a soul in them because this place is BUSY.
The inscriptions on the torii are names of the individuals or companies who donated them, along with the date of donation.
It was a really nice hike through Mt Inari and the torii. At least, my Younger Sister and I thought so. The Parents, not so much. We convinced them to at least reach a proper resting point, Yotsutsuji Intersection, which is supposedly the halfway point. There are other rest stops along the way, but here there are plenty of seats and you can get a decent view of Kyoto.
You can also buy a really delicious tofu soft serve. If you don’t like tofu, this isn’t for you. For me though, it was super yummy and just the thing my Younger Sister and I needed to power us to the top.
The walk from Yotsutsuji Intersection to the top didn’t seem to take that long. However, my Younger Sister and I did pick up the pace and were a little puffed when we reached the summit. After the obligatory we-reached-the-top-of-the-mountain photos, we paid our respects at the shrine there before heading back down Mt Inari (and collecting The Parents along the way).