Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #19

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Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays 


It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling.



Red torii details

Red torii details



Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

Today I’m taking you on a visit to this amazing place In Kyoto, Japan. The temple at Fushimi Inari is very unique in Kyoto, it was created for those worshipping Inari – the god of rice and sake.  Also Inari is known as the patron of business and manufacturing and their followers worshipped Inari. The Shrine at the base of the mountain (also called Inari) is lined with over 5,000 red tori gates that lead up the mountain and back downhill. Each red gate is a donation by a business in their name. It’s stunning to see all this from a distance and interesting to walk through.

Along the uphill climb, I happened into a priest with a large white parasol coming down the opposite direction. To good to pass up, I quickly took out my camera, focused and captured a few shots of this wonderful portrait coming down the series of Torii gates. Here’s the shot below, it’s one of my favorite captures by accident. I quietly followed the priest back to one of the lower temples to watch and see if any other moments might happen without my being in his way. – fairly mundane, but I enjoyed the procession of duties and took a few more shots and later continued up the hill to see if I can find a nice vista point of the area.



The many red torii gates leading up the hill of Inari

The many red torii gates leading up the hill of Inari





Priest walking downhill to temple

Priest walking downhill to temple






Bowing prior to entrance

Bowing prior to entrance


Unfortunately, the stairs and torii kept continuing uphill and I realized that I was not going to make it all the way to the top because of a train I had to catch soon so I descended in a different direction downhill, discovering some peek a boo views of the green countryside. A few large fox statues were interspersed along the paths and I find out later that they represent the messengers with a key in their mouths to represent the rice granaries.


Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #19

Entry to the main temple at Fushimi Inari shrine




It’s almost meditative walking in between these torii gates, contemplative and quiet. While enjoying the views my mind seemed to focus internally to my own personal thoughts and concerns and nothing seemed to matter outside of this walk and concentration in the paths and stairs.


Uphill and downhill paths of the torii gates

Uphill and downhill paths of the torii gates



Before I exited the temple grounds I noticed this wall filled with thousands of origami paper cranes. I later find out that each strand contains one thousand paper cranes used as good luck gestures at weddings and new infants wishing for 1000 years of happiness and prosperity to the recipients.




Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #19

Origami good luck wishes





The fox messenger at the shrine

The fox messenger at the shrine


It was a fun visit to see the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, hope you enjoyed the tour for Travel Photo Mondays. Please come and visit the blogs below for more interesting places and photographs from around the world today.


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21 Responses to Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #19

  1. InsideJourneys November 10, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Stunningly beautiful photos (as usual), Noel!

  2. Deia @NomadWallet November 6, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    Stunning photos! I love the colors and my favorite is the one with the priest.

  3. Debbie at Travel with intent November 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    I love Kyoto and its temples. You have captured it so well in these photos. I particularly like the cranes and the “ema” plaques: http://travelwithintent.com/2013/01/27/ema-japan-love-luck/

  4. Mike November 5, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    Those origami paper cranes are amazing, Joel! This definitely not your every day fox, either 🙂

  5. Sand In My Suitcase November 5, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Those red tori details – splendid. A blast of color to brighten the start of our week. Thank you…

  6. Sally November 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    The colors are so vivid, it looks amazing. How much time would it take to make all of those paper cranes? Oh my!

  7. Marisol@TravelingSolemates November 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    The gates are amazingly colorful. I love your photo of the priest – a perfect timing and capture!

  8. Carol aka Traveller November 4, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Fabulous photo of all the red tori gates. I never got as far as Kyoto when I visited Japan. It’s somewhere I would love to visit.
    Here are my photos from Turkey: http://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/travel-monday-19-kayakoy/

  9. Jeannette St Germain November 4, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Just to let you know I’m continuing on my wordpress blog!

  10. Emille (Jesh StG) November 4, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Just to let you know I deleted the blogspot blog and am continuing at my wordpress blog! Happy week:)

  11. travelnwrite November 4, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Beautiful photos, Noel! Those colors are so vibrant they almost ache. I too couldn’t find the link or I would have joined in today – finally back on terra firma!

  12. Ruth November 4, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    You do have such wonderful photos – I love them.

  13. Ritva's ART / Ritva Sillanmäki November 4, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    just beautiful photos, the blast of color in vigorating

  14. Life Images by Jill November 4, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    is there a link up this week Noel?

  15. Dawn @ We Call It Junkin November 4, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    What an interesting place, Noel, and gorgeous pictures, as always. Thanks for sharing. I don’t see the link up, I was going to share my Gargoyles of Biltmore Estate post…

  16. muzachan November 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Great photos:)

  17. Life Images by Jill November 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    what an amazing place. The colours are amazing. I love your image of the priest – a wonderful portrait.
    Have a great week and thank you for hosting.

  18. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} November 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    This was my favorite place to visit in Kyoto. I could have spent longer there except it was beginning to get too dark to walk around. Being able to follow along with a priest certainly lends to the experience. Instead of a priest, I stumbled upon a bridal portrait session. Your photos are supreme, and, I will admit, better than the ones I took.

  19. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse November 3, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    I was at my parents’ this weekend and showed all your recent Japan posts to my mom and she enjoyed them very much. Again, thanks for your amazing photographies!

  20. Marilyn Armstrong November 3, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Amazing pictures, amazing places. The colors are so rich! And the architecture. Everything.


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