Hey, it’s me again~
Finally we reached one of the must-visited place for tourist in Kyoto! My bucketlist checked! It’s said that there are 10,000 pcs of the vermilion torii gates here.
The weather was sunny and warmer than the day before which is a good weather to climb to the top of Fushimi Inari. *I was so excited*
You must reached to Inari Station (稲荷駅 Inari Eki), via Nara Line. It’s a small train station right in front of Fushimi Inari Taisha entrance which makes tourist very convenient to find Fushimi Inari.
There was no entrance fee. You can explore around the temple area first then climb to the top of the hill. As you enter the temple area, I saw many small kiosks selling many pottery and Kyoto special food for souvenir.
Those are pretty isn’t it? I’m a fan of Daruma (what is it?) I had 2 pieces already at home. 😀 I’m also a fan of pottery products especially for kitchenware and dinnerware. But frankly, these stuffs are not cheap! It is because japanese people draw them manually one by one all of them are one of a kind. Sad to say I must skip it till I have my own home. 😥
(this post will full with me inside photos XD)
As we walked to the entrance to the path that leads to the hill, there were so many visitors both locals and foreigners. Everybody walked slowly as they walk through under the torii (red gate) and took their photos which made it looks so crowded. It was recorded at 11AM in the afternoon that day.
But be patience, as you walk more, you will find the most iconic or can I say popular spot for taking photos. This was taken when the group of people in front of me walked and behind us was not so crowded. But by the time I done, there were some crowds behind Mr.F Oops!
While you are walking, there are some stops you can make to see some memorials (I think it’s memorials)
I found a construction worker doing some repair to the torii gate.
We reached the first rest area.
Along the way you will find many torii in different sizes. But don’t forget to look outside the torii gate. That time it was December, which is winter but the forest was still left with many fallen Momiji leafs.
Below is the sign of the prices (in Yen) for people or company who wants to do donations the torii. If they paid and chose which size of torii they want, the person name or the company name will be carved at the torii.
Finally we reached somewhere with no torii, with some kiosks andddddddd….we can see Kyoto from middle of the hill!! I’m getting more excited! I wanna see more what’s on top!
As we walk more, we finally arrived at the resting area where there were many visitors rest their legs, enjoy some foods and drinks. I spent this time to video call with my family at home. It was 25th December 2016. I couldn’t spend Christmas there with them.
Here, you will be given a choice to choose which path that you wanna go. There are 2 paths one looks so short and one looks longer. A friend of mine went here before a few months before me. She told me to go till the top but, please do not choose the one looks so short (the one on the left). She took that path, it looks short but the staircase were very long and the steps were high. It made her feels tired faster.
But don’t mind me, please listen to what your heart says and you can challenge yourself! 🙂
The path on the right was (I think) more relaxing with short steps and many landings so can rest for sometime.
then, we found this!
There was a temple on the left side from the sign. Where some visitors pray there and ring the bell after throw some coins. But I prefer to rest at the stairs while enjoying the green tea ice cream. :9 It says 5 minutes more to reach the top. So why don’t we spend some minutes to chill with the ice cream? :p
The sign was correct! We reached the top in 5 minutes time. 😀 It was not as what I expected to see. The top was not for a place to see the city view. But there’s a temple and I think some memorial? Hmm..I think it’s more to a place where some families come to visit their family who already dead and pray there.
Let’s head back down!
It took us an hour from the entrance till the top. Hehe Is it fast? Is it slow? We don’t know. But we enjoyed every steps to the top and the environment. 🙂
We took the ‘short’ path (remember when we need to choose between two path?) . Frankly, please use this path when you are going down, not when you are going up.
A loooooong step with no landing…
A charm shop
Below is the torii gate with company name who donates
Finally we were out from the forest. The surrounding changed to the neighborhood behind Fushimi Inari area.
with some souvenir shops, tombs, small temple, housing areas too.
It was a very long post today (also long walks in Fushimi Inari Taisha). We need to grab some coffee to warm our body and relax. See you in next post!
Fushimi Inari Taisha
68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto,
Kyoto Prefecture 612-0882, Japan