(not quite a) Year in Japan

Fushimi Inari Taisha – Thousands of Torii (伏見稲荷大社 – 千本鳥居)

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It’s that one place in Kyoto that everyone has seen a photo of!

btw, “Torii” = those gate like things you see at shinto shrines:

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Brief note before just a bunch of photos – I went relatively early in the morning (avoid the crowds etc.) – and whilst I have zero regrets about that – as it was already getting crowded on my way back down ~8:15, I think for the best photos, late afternoon might be better – though have fun fighting the crowds I guess.

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And it’s not just a bunch of gates, you essentially climbing a mountain through a forest as you follow the path of these gates.

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Didn’t climb the mountain, though I am very tempted to free up a day to do so. Anyway, after reaching a nice foresty area about 30 mins up, decided to call it a day (there was more sightseeing to be had!) and took a slightly different return route down through the surrounding streets instead of the torii path itself.

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and then a brief foray back into the shrine area to get a couple more photos!IMG_6729IMG_6733

I think this is the only thing I’ve done so far that I would recommend to everyone – like I’ve seen a fair few things that are pretty neat, but I’d always be like “Well, I’m not sure if they like doing X”, this though…just an absolutely wonderful atmosphere. Helped by a) going early morning (~7) and b)going the day after a heavy rain.

Map-wise, it’s pretty much just Kyoto, so whilst it’s breaking my ‘rules’ about what to mark on the map, I don’t care.

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