In this last post on Kyoto I will cover briefly the magnificent Fushimi-Inari Taisha and the mystical Arashiyama.
Fushimi-Inari Taisha is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. We were taken there at night by a local person.
I am sure it looks splendid in daytime also, but at night it’s just breathtaking. Inari is the god of rice.
Our exploration team is ready.
An important ritual before entering the shrine premises.
Taking a closer look at the shrine.
Fox – the guardian of the place.
The lack of tourists in this hour, the dim red colours and the full moon created a surreal atmosphere.
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.
A cute lantern.
Foxes out on patrol.
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.
On the bridge across the river.
A huge red traditional decorative element.
This looked like a restaurant and a bus station in the back.
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.
Having fun with new friends in the bamboo forest.
Walking back along the river after a long day full of impressions.
Time to get back to the airport. Arigato gozaimasu, Kyoto!