For Beginners of Kyoto: Let’s go to Senbontorii, where the Most Foreigners Visit in Japan, at Early Morning

Many images would come out when you hear “Japan” or “Kyoto”. One of them is Senbontorii, lining a lot of Torii. 

This one.

Senbontorii in Fushimi Inari Taisha
Senbontorii in Fushimi Inari Taisha

This Senbontorii belongs to Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.

Apparently, this place has the most visitors from overseas in Japan. 

I don’t know why… Certainly, it seems to be a typical Japanese spectacle though…

Inari Fushimi Taisha is the head shrine called “Inari Ninja”.

The following is the quotation.

Inari shrines are the most familiar Shinto shrines to the Japanese people.
There are said to be some thirty thousand throughout the country, frequented by people of all ages. Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine with which all the others are affiliated.

Inariyama, the mountain on which the shrine rests, is the kamnabi, or residence of the deity, of Fushimi Inari Taisha.
The deity Inari Okami took up residence on the mountain on the first Day of the Horse of the second month of 711, according to the traditional zodiac and lunar calendar. The year 2011 marked the 1300th anniversary of this event.

From Fushimi Inari Taisha  Greetings from the Head Priest

(O_O) 1300th annversary… Even Kamakura is a surprisingly historic place for me though. It is longer than it.

I cannot help thinking the greatness of Kyoto where many historic places naturally exist.(Well, in the case of Tokyo, almost all historic place got burn due to WW2)

Not Visiting. Just Walking.

My hotel was near from Inari Fushimi Taisha, so, I went there in early morning.

FYI: Hotel where I stay: Urban Hotel Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Taisha in Early Morining
Fushimi Inari Taisha in Early Morning

It opens 24/7, so, there were some people already.

I guess there are a lot of people afternoon…

BTW, a shrine or a temple should be visited morning than night.

The reasons are many.  It is said that deities go back to skies at night, the air stagnates at night due to the aura from visitors, etc. 

Senbontorii is lining up behind the main shrine.

Senbontorii in Fushimi Inari Taisha
Senbontorii in Fushimi Inari Taisha

Climbing the mountain from here, you can find Omo Karu Ishi (lit. Heavy and Light Stone). 

I returned to my hotel from since I have no time… I couldn’t see it…

What is Omo Karu Ishi?

I couldn’t see the actual Omo Karu Ishi, so I will write what it is while seeing other people’s blog.  At the end of Senbontorii, there are sphere stones with Japanese stone lanterns, Ishi Doro.   Make a wish in front of Ishi Doro and put it up.  It is said if you feel the stone is light, your wish will come true. If you fee the stone is heavy, your wish won’t be come true.

Why did I return before climbing?

Because I’ve heard I need one or two hours for climb the mountain.  I didn’t have enough time, and I didn’t know each place distance, so, I came back to my hotel.  What a shame. 

Image from Fushimi Inari Taisha HP  Taisha Map
Image from Fushimi Inari Taisha HP Taisha Map


I wanna see at all properly, but I didn’t have so much time…. Requiring one or two hours to see is beyond my guess (It is just lack of the research!!) . I couldn’t receive Goshuin too.  I will come again.

Past Post You May Have Interest

What is Goshuin?


Fushimi Inari Taisha (in English) 

TripAdvisor (To see the review)


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