Credits to Research Team Haikal Ryx
Prefecture this week: Kyoto Prefecture
Today, We gonna take you to back to the old capital of Japan, Kyoto.
Kyoto have a lot of awesome history and one of them is:
The Fushimi Inari Shrine.
One of the most famous tourist attraction to visit. The shrine are said to hold over 10,000 Torii while in facts, it hold over 32,000 Torii including the sub-Torri. Torri is “Shrine Gates” in Japanese and the colour is actually red-ish. The colour represents the sun.
These gates were all paid for and donated by large business to individuals giving thanks for their good prosperity and pray for a good fortune in years to come. If you donate a Torii, the starting price will be 400,00 yen for small Torri to 1,300,000 for large one. Your name will be etched in kanji and black in colour on the side.
The shrine dates back to 711 when the Hata family dedicated to the gods of rice and sake. Thats what “Inari” means, the god of abundant crops.
As you hike through the gates and up the hill, you will come across hundreds of stone foxes. “Kitsune” or the fox is considered the messenger of Inari.
The hikes could take you about 3-4 hours to the top and bottom again so be prepared. Along the way, you could take break and grab food in the restaurant or a nice cold drink from the vending machine on the hillside.
The best time to visit it is probably early morning when there is a few tourist and evening where you have a moment of zen and enjoy these beautiful scenery of Japan that lasted for hundred of years.