A map of our trek for this early morning. We were ahead of the crowds, so far. We were early enough that it wasn't until we were on our way back down the mountain when we heard the birds waking up.
Back behind the shrine buildings is a path that leads up the 760 foot Mount Inari. And, on this path is...
Walking the path was pretty awesome! I think the fact that we weren't overrun by tourists made it even better. But, it was so quiet on this path! Every turn revealed another gentle curve of torii. There are several places where you can step off the path and you will find a little shrine. The color of the torii changed as the sun made it's way across the sky. From a subtle red/orange to a fiery red/orange with the sun reflecting off the posts.
As we made our way back down the mountain, the sun was just high enough to start shining on us.
I took out all the color but for the torii in the picture below so you could see how it snaked through the trees and up the mountain.
|Poster of 1,000 armed Kannon|
Literally, my jaw dropped when I walked around the corner and was dwarfed by these statues.
I can't remember if this was a part of the Great South Gate or not. But, it was a long hall-like structure, but open on one side. It was very pretty to stand on one side and look down the length of the structure to the other end.
|A pretty bridge on our way back to the house|
A few details about our day...
We took a train from Kiyomizu-Gojo to Fushimi Inari --> Sanjusangendo --> Aotake-an --> Kyoto Station --> HOME
Miles for the day: 10.3 Miles
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Hours: 24 hours
Admission: 600 Adult 400 children