Japan: Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Taisha

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Whenever I go on holiday I have a list of things that I have to go and see, things that I really don’t want to miss. I try not to do this because sometimes I miss what’s on my list and my heart breaks. But try as I might I had a list for Japan and the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto was definitely on this list.

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Thankfully (because there was no chance in hell I would miss this) Sister and I went to see the Fushimi Inari Taisha in the late afternoon just as the sun was starting to set. The orange and black gates were a thing of beauty and far, far grander than I could have imagined.

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At the shrine, which was at the base of the mountain there was another gentlemen goShuin-ing and of course we had our books marked.

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After that we started to climb. And climb and climb. We knew that the grounds would close at sunset and that wasn’t too long away. There was a lot of power walking and storming up stairs before we reached about halfway and decided to turn back.

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As beautiful as it was climbing down in complete darkness would have probably broken a bone and made sure that I was completely ravaged by mosquitoes. Once we turned back we relaxed a little and enjoyed the whole experience a lot more.

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