Kyoto (3): Fushimi-Inari shrine and Arashiyama park

In this last post on Kyoto I will cover briefly the magnificent Fushimi-Inari Taisha and the mystical Arashiyama.

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Fushimi-Inari Taisha is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. We were taken there at night by a local person.

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I am sure it looks splendid in daytime also, but at night it’s just breathtaking. Inari is the god of rice.

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Our exploration team is ready.

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An important ritual before entering the shrine premises.

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Taking a closer look at the shrine.

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Fox – the guardian of the place.

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The lack of tourists in this hour, the dim red colours and the full moon created a surreal atmosphere.

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The Shrine sits at the base of a hill. These orange torii (traditional gates) form a long corridor till the top. The torii were donated by successful businessmen since Inari is considered a patronage of business.

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A cute lantern.

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Foxes out on patrol.

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Due to the nature of the visit, I did most of the exploration at night. Another place we visited was Arashiyma historic site in Western Kyoto. In the photo above: on the island next to mount Arashi across the Oi river.

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On the bridge across the river.

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A huge red traditional decorative element.

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This looked like a restaurant and a bus station in the back.

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And finally we made it to the Arashiyama bamboo grove. It is said to be one of the most beautiful groves on Earth; wish I could see it in the morning too. Here how it looks in broad daylight.

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Having fun with new friends in the bamboo forest.

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Walking back along the river after a long day full of impressions.

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Time to get back to the airport. Arigato gozaimasu, Kyoto!

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