There are so many shrines in Kyotos, the old capitol of Japan, but April picked out Fushimi-Inari- Taisha for us to visit and it was beyond spectacular. Built originally in 711 it sits at the base of the mountain Inari and there are paths leading to the top. Inari is the patron of business, merchants and manufacturers. Each Torii, orange gateway, has been donated by a Japanese business. Most of all Inari represents rice and throughout the shrine you'll see Kitsune, foxes, who had keys in their mouths, keys to the grainery.
We spent hours there and could have spent longer. Let me leave you with a few photos.
|A Map of the Shrine showing the Toriis leading to the top.|
|I don't know which sign of the zodiac this is supposed to represent, but it looked like Godzilla.|
|All shrines have plaques you can buy, make a wish on and hang at the shrine, we took ours home with us.|
|Toriis leading up and down.|
|One of the shrine foxes.|
|The fox at the entrance to the shrine, he has rice in his mouth.|
|One of the shrines had lanterns with the signs of the zodiac, this is mine and Mac's sign.|