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June 21, 2020

Take A Walk: 伏見稲荷大社 / Fushimi Inari Taisha


About 4km going to south from Gojo Guest House, you can visit Fushimi Inari Taisha.

In the 1300 years since its establishment in 711AD, people have gathered here to pray for bountiful harvests, business prosperity, the safety of their home and family and the fulfillment of all kinds of other wishes.

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I went there by bike in the morning to enjoy the view of Kamo River on the way to the Shrine. It took about 30min to get there which was nice exercise. If you take Keihan Line, it takes only 7 mins.

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There are more than 2,000 shrines and temples, both small and large, in Kyoto. Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most popular places in Kyoto tourism spots.
It was so busy before COVID-19 situation, but this time I could enjoy mysterious atmosphere on paths with torii gates, and  to be there surrounded by nature in the forest. The place was quiet and peaceful.


I met a lovely cat near a lake which located half way up the mountain. First, the cat asked me to feed her, I guessed it’s she. Then the cat realized I had no food in my pocket, she started to take a nap. Nice.

DSC09256 DSC09261足元まで来てひとしきり食べものをおねだり。何も持ってないとわかるやゴロリとお腹をみせて横になり、自由に撫でさせてくれる懐っこくてマイペースな猫。日向ぼっこが気持ちよさそうでした。



I spend about 3 hours in total from Gojo to Fushimi Inari, and going back to Gojo after lunch at Ichikawaya Coffee near our hostel (strongly recommended to have their beautiful fruit sandwiches and coffee). It was like a short trip with a taste of the extraordinary.

(This is a video made by nike GYAKUSOU 2011, running though Fushimi Inari Taisha and other famous spots in Kyoto. It a commercial for the global company, but I love the beautiful scenery and cool music.)


DSC09281 伏見稲荷大社 | Fushimi Inari Taisha | Google Map