Last additions - Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine on New Year's Day 伏見稲荷大社
fu190-20100101_0908.jpg
Inari Station was not so bad.Jan 30, 2010
fu189-20100101_0907.jpg
Way out was crowded.Jan 30, 2010
fu188-20100101_0897.jpg
Trying to toss coins through the hole for good luck.Jan 30, 2010
fu187-20100101_0895.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu186-20100101_0893.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu185-20100101_0878.jpg
Unusual foxJan 30, 2010
fu184-20100101_0875.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu183-20100101_0869.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu180-20100101_0859.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu182-20100101_0866.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu181-20100101_0864.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu179-20100101_0854.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu178-20100101_0850.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu177-20100101_0852.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu175-20100101_0840.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu176-20100101_0842.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu173-20100101_0835.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu174-20100101_0837.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu172-20100101_0834.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu170-20100101_0828.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu171-20100101_0829.jpg
You can buy a tray of offerings.Jan 30, 2010
fu169-20100101_0827.jpg
Now I'm going down the mountain. You can then see the writings on the back of the toriis. The name of the company and date are written. Of course, donating a torii here is no guarantee for business success. Some of these companies have gone bankrupt.Jan 30, 2010
fu168-20100101_0826.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu167-20100101_0825.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu166-20100101_0824.jpg
Fox at Fushimi Inari Shrine.Jan 30, 2010
fu165-20100101_0823.jpg
This is at the summit of the mountain.Jan 30, 2010
fu164-20100101_0818.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu163-20100101_0813.jpg
You can buy your own torii and write on it and place it within the shrine.Jan 30, 2010
fu162-20100101_0811.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu161-20100101_0810.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu160-20100101_0809.jpg
There are some steps as well. Jan 30, 2010
fu159-20100101_0805.jpg
Map showing the torii hiking path.Jan 30, 2010
fu157-20100101_0802.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu158-20100101_0888.jpg
Yotsutsuji station, a major rest point.Jan 30, 2010
fu156-20100101_0799.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu155-20100101_0798.jpg
View from a lookout point.Jan 30, 2010
fu154-20100101_0793.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu153-20100101_0791.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu152-20100101_0787.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu151-20100101_0783.jpg
GravestoneJan 30, 2010
fu149-20100101_0779.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu150-20100101_0785.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu148-20100101_0776.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu147-20100101_0892.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu146-20100101_0771.jpg
Some toriis are old and broke off.Jan 30, 2010
fu145-20100101_0770.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu141-20100101_0868.jpg
You can also draw your own fox face.Jan 30, 2010
fu144-20100101_0768.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu143-20100101_0765.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu142-20100101_0763.jpg
Continuing up the torii hiking trail. It takes about 90 min. to walk the entire looping trail. You can turn back anytime if it's too hard for you. But it's not a difficult hike.Jan 30, 2010
fu140-20100101_0761.jpg
Votive tablets in the shape of a fox. Write your wishes on it.Jan 30, 2010
fu139-20100101_0759.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu138-20100101_0756.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu137-20100101_0755.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu136-20100101_0762.jpg
Every once in a while along the path of toriis, there is a shrine which you can pray to.Jan 30, 2010
fu135-20100101_0750.jpg
Inside the tunnel of toriis at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, all donated to the shrine by companies.Jan 30, 2010
fu134-20100101_0747.jpg
Go left.Jan 30, 2010
fu133-20100101_0745.jpg
Entrance to the hiking trail of torii gates.Jan 30, 2010
fu132-20100101_0743.jpg
Entrance to the hiking trail of torii gates, what Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for.Jan 30, 2010
fu131-20100101_0741.jpg
Map of the shrine complex, with a hiking trail up the mountain lined with the famous torii gates. Jan 30, 2010
fu129-20100101_0737.jpg
More lesser shrinesJan 30, 2010
fu130-20100101_0738.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu128-20100101_0901.jpg
Tying the omikuji fortune papers.Jan 30, 2010
fu127-20100101_0729.jpg
Fortune papersJan 30, 2010
fu125-20100101_0732.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu126-20100101_0727.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu124-20100101_0725.jpg
Another shrine.Jan 30, 2010
fu123-20100101_0721.jpg
2010 is the Year of the Tiger.Jan 30, 2010
fu122-20100101_0719.jpg
Lucky charms for sale. Make no doubt, religion is big business in Japan. They are in the business of selling hopes and dreams with no money-back guarantee of success nor satisfaction. Only a religion can get away with selling something which may not work.Jan 30, 2010
fu121-20100101_0716.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu120-20100101_0723.jpg
People lining up to enter inside the shrine hall for more personalized prayers.Jan 30, 2010
fu119-20100101_0700.jpg
The fox is the god's messenger at the Inari Shrine.Jan 30, 2010
fu117-20100101_0711.jpg
Finally, we got in and could pull these ropes to ring the bell to get the attention of the god of wealth.Jan 30, 2010
fu118-20100101_0715.jpg
All you hear are these bells ringing overhead.Jan 30, 2010
fu116-20100101_0704.jpg
The crowd behind me.Jan 30, 2010
fu115-20100101_0703.jpg
The crowd behind me.Jan 30, 2010
fu112-20100101_0680.jpg
The main shrine hall is the target of all these people.Jan 30, 2010
fu114-20100101_0699.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu113-20100101_0696.jpg
Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto. Inch by inch, we crept toward the main shrine on New Year's Day.Jan 30, 2010
fu111-20100101_0903.jpg
This is where you can apply (and pay) to enter the shrine hall for prayers.Jan 30, 2010
fu110-20100101_0904.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu107-20100101_0673.jpg
How it looks from the top of the steps. Hordes of people coming to the shrine to pray for prosperity in the new year.Jan 30, 2010
fu109-20100101_0674.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu108-20100101_0665.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu106-20100101_0664.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu103-20100101_0645.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu105-20100101_0658.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu104-20100101_0651.jpg
Jan 30, 2010
fu102-20100101_0639.jpg
Loads of people heading for the shrine, but we progressed quickly enough.Jan 30, 2010
fu101-20100101_0633.jpg
I visited Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine on Jan. 1, 2010. At the Kyoto City Tourist Info office, I asked which shrine was Kyoto's most popular on New Year's Day. They told me it was this shrine, so I came here.Jan 30, 2010
fu100-20100101_0628.jpg
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is near this JR Inari Station on the Nara Line, a 5-min. train ride from Kyoto Station. Also near Fushimi-Inari Station on Keihan Line.Jan 30, 2010
 
91 files on 1 page(s)