Fushimi-Inari-Taisha

Fushimi-Inari-Taisha

This shrine was dedicated to the gods of rice and sake. It’s a popular sight and the complex consists of five shrines spread out across the wooden slopes of Inari-san mountain. The path meanders 2 ½ miles up the mountain and is lined with hundreds of orange-colored gates (it inspired Christo’s 2005 installation in Central Park) and fox sculptures. In Shinto mythology, the fox is a sacred and mysterious figure that can possess humans. The stroll up the mountain can become mysterious itself; you come across several graveyards and small shrines. There are many tiny tea houses, but don’t count on them to be open at all times.

Tip: Wear solid shoes, as the slopes can get slippery.

Written by Christiane Deiters

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