There’s nothing quite like Fushimi Inari – hundreds of torii gates lining the path towards the mountain’s summit with smaller shrines littered about.
Japanese businesses and individuals donate the gates with the date and who had donated it carved into the back of the tori gates. Smaller gates start around 400,000 Yen and the largest gates at a million Yen.
Lonely planet can recommend you where to go and what to do but it’s never exactly the same as getting lost and stumbling upon an amazing spot. We found this beauty just behind one of the smaller shrines with the sun rays shining down onto the city.
It took us 2 hours to hike our way up to the top so I was expecting some amazing view. Well, this was anti-climatic – there was only another shrine!
There are those that enjoy getting lost and adventuring and then there is me that hates being out of control. Off we trotted down this beaten down path where at one stage there were these body bags covering cut down bodied sized trees. I’m going to admit the thought “this is how us foreign exchangers are going to die” coming across my mind a lot of times. The oddest thing was when we stumbled upon this shrine in the middle of a nowhere with the Zelda triforce – how crazy is that? From trusty old wiki, it’s a Japanese clan’s symbol. Fair enough.
We met another foreign couple who told us that we were actually on a hiking trail. Thank god. Relief. We weren’t going to die. We did end up on the other side of the mountain which took us another hour to circle back to our starting place but at least I’m still in one piece ;)