Many years later, I still find myself wanting to save the best for last -- or at least later. In the case of my recent Kyoto trip, I opted to not go to the Fushimi Inari shrine -- which actually was at the top of my "Kyoto temples and shrines I want(ed) to visit" list -- until my final full day in that city. Suffice to say here that I most certainly was not disappointed by it -- something that can be discerned by my having spent the longest time (around 3 hours!) in any Kyoto shrine at that particular Shinto place of worship! :)
The first of many torii that I passed through/under at
the Shinto god of rice, foxes, sake, fertility and more!
A similar but different large torii stands in front
of the shrine's main building
In the shrine grounds can be seen thousands of
origami cranes as well as torii!
In case you thought I was just kidding about
there being thousands of torii at Fushimi Inari shrine...
The view inside a "tunnel" of torii
In addition to the torii so large that one can walk under
them are miniature torii placed at what I assumed to be
especially sacred sections of the shrine grounds
Mixed in with the more usual orange painted
wooden torii are stone torii -- both of which are
inscribed on one side with the names of their donors
Of course you expected to see this:
Puppet Ponyo posing with some of the torii :)
And yes, because I was snap-crazy at Fushimi Inari shrine, there will have to be a second photo-essay of images of this amazing Kyoto shrine! :b