Kyoto – Part I: Exploring Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

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A few trusty companions and I set aside one weekend to take an adventure to Kyoto, a city famous for its beauty and historical significance.

Kyoto is one of the few places in the world that I hoped to visit at least once in my lifetime and I feel so fortunate that I have been able to cross that off my bucket list at this stage in my life.

We kept ourselves very busy during our brief but wonderful visit. We took the Shinkansen (bullet train) so it took only about two hours to get from Shinagawa Station to Kyoto Station, and then with a few brief train transfers, we made it to our hostel with relative ease. Katie and I took a walk around the neighborhood that night, but we didn’t stay up too late because we wanted to get an early start for our first full day in Kyoto.

The first thing on our agenda (researched and drafted by Maddie, aka mom, who created an itinerary and printed directions to significant locations of interest and our hostel – one for each of us – because she’s crazy and wonderful like that) was to visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.

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Maddie (left) and Katie (right) walk through a giant torii gate, towards the Romon Gate.

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It was a very cool experience to be able to see the main shrine and to see people stop and pray, however, my favorite part of this visit came when I departed from the direction of the main path. There are many small shrines scattered all along the mountain, and I came across a few. I made my way on a small path that led to small shrines, through a bamboo forest, and to a small agricultural village. The following pictures are from that walk.

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