Monday, August 15, 2011

Fushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社 - Yet Another Autumn Trip!

Fushimi Inari Taisha - One of Kyoto's oldest and most revered Shinto shrines, Fushimi Inari serves as the headquarters for all the 40,000 shrines dedicated to Inari across Japan. Originally the god of rice, Inari now governs the modern equivalent: success and prosperity in business. Fushimi Inari Shrine draws thousands of businessmen and tradespeople seeking blessings for their enterprises, especially at the first prayers of the New Year.It is also famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings.

A walking path leads through a tunnel of torii gates.

Dragon fountain with dippers, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto, Japan

I have dreamed of taking my daughters to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Kyoto since I read about it few years ago. I have photos of them running up the steep hillside heading to the fox statues. These photos are above and beyond glorious.

Foxes are thought to be Inari's messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds.

The fall colors of Fushimi Inari, Kyoto. When the sun rays hit the red momoji leaves and make them glitter warmly.

Our trip was coming to an end, but our happy times were just beginning!

Lunch in Kyoto.

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