Do you know where is the most popular spot for foreigners in Japan. Kinkaku-Ji? Kiyomizu-dera?
No! No! t’s Fushimiinari-Taisha situated in Kyoto. Until some years ago, I didn’t know about Fushimiinari-Taisha even though I’ve been to Kyoko many times.
But one of my foreign friends showed me the picture before and that’s how I learned about it for the first time.
Why is this so popular with foreigners? Some might wonder.
Actually, Fushimiinari-Taisha was used in a Hollywood movie Sayuri.
It’s a story about a beautiful girl who becomes a Geisha.
Geisha is a Japanese hostess trained to entertain not only men but also women today with conversation, dance, and song.
It’s said that Fushimiinari-Taisha became well known around the world since then.
As soon as I got off the station Fushimiinari, the surroundings was packed with many tourists from around the world even though it was a weekday.
Many stalls line in the street selling food such as dango, yakitori, senbei.
As I walked there, I was welcomed by a good smell. I was attracted to the smell in spite of myself.
It’s like a festival! These scenes made me excited. I took a picture every step.
After I passed through stalls, I saw a red shrine. It’s Honden which means a main shrine. The red appearance decorated with gold metallic parts is already impressive.
Later, I found people in line. It triggered my curiosity and I looked ahead.
There were two big stones and the board reads Omokaruishi which means kind of light stone or heavy.
According to the explanation written on the board, when we lift the stone up, if it’s lighter than we expected, our wish will come true. But if it’s heavier, the wish might not come true.
I tried it! Unfortunately, the stone was heavier than I expected. . .
But the explanation on the board says that if it’s heavier, we should make an effort to make it true. It’s not a problem!
So don’t worry even if it’s heavier when you try like me. Just Go for it!!!
In the meantime, I reached to Senbon-torii. It’s a highlight of Fushimiinari-taisha. Torii means that a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or inside a Shinto shrine. Most of the torii have a red color. And senbon means one thousand.
The view of a huge amount of vivid red torii line is overwhelming. The mystical atmosphere made me feel as if it’s in another world.
As the scene is really famous, you might see it on the magazine feature in Kyoto.
I went into Torii. As it’s packed with many tourists, I couldn’t move forward easily.
Many people took a picture in the middle of Torii.
So you might think that it’s really difficult to take a picture of only torii at first.
But don’t worry! As fushiinari-taisha is situated at the foot of the mountain, the path of senbon-torii is a slope and it takes about forty minutes to climb up to the top.
Almost all of people give up in the middle of that.
So the further we move up, the less people are and the easier we can move forward.
It’s like life!
Actually, we could move forward and take a picture without people soon.
As I looked back, many letters were written on each of torii. It’s the names of sponsors who donated for Torii. There were names of famous companies among them. So it might be interesting to look for the name of the company you know.
In the halfway of Torii, there is a view point named Yotsutsuji, Many people are taking a rest they’re seeing a beautiful city view. I also took a rest there. The view before me was so incredible that I felt that I could stay all day. Beside luckily, it’s really good weather on the day.
The perfect clear sky made the view more impressive.
There are some small cafes to eat light meal in Yotsutsuji. So if you like, you can take a rest here.
After the rest, we continued walking again for the top.
On the way to climbing, there are forests in both sides. The greenery pleased my eyes and healed the soul. Some people were taking a rest in the forest.
About twenty minutes later, we reached to the top. I took a picture with a small shrine in the background.
Then, we started climbing down. Down is easier than up. But on the other hand, down is a bit more boring than up.
After we came back to the ground, we took a rest for a while. There are many places with a roof to take a rest here in Fushimiinari. After the rest, we went back to the station,
there was Inari-zushi shop in front of the station.
Inari-zushi is one of Sushi.
Although I’m not sure if Inari-zushi is a specially here or not.
But at least, it’s same Inari-related thing!
I tried one! It’s good! The taste satisfied me.
So I recommend trying it even though you don’t like Inari-zushi so much.