Monday, 13 July 2015

Kyoto | Fushimi Inari

On the JR Nara Line again like we went to Uji, we hopped onto the train and visited the famous Fushimi-Inari Shrine. Best known for the thousands of vermilion torii gates, the trail leads into the wooden forest of Mount Inari. Inari itself means Fox.

Going along with the the tradition when entering a shrine in general. Cleansing and purifying your body and mind at the Water Pavilion "Temizuya" before entering. Normally the procedure would be the following : 

1. Take the ladle with your RIGHT hand and pour water over your LEFT hand.
2. Switch the ladle to your LEFT and pour the water over your RIGHT hand.
3. Hold the ladle on your RIGHT again, scoop some water onto your LEFT and rinse your mouth
**NOTE : NEVER wash your mouth using the ladle directly.** 
4. Lastly, tip the ladle to rinse it off with the remaining water in it. 

The hike up to the summit of the mountain through the torii gates will take about 2-3 hours and the pathway is about 4 kilometers up. Since we were tight in time, we decided to just walk around the bottom area and head up at our next visit. 

Senbon Torii
Senbon Torii means "Thousands of torii gates". Most of these are engraved with donator's name and date inscribed on the back of each gate. The size of the gate varies depending on the amount by individuals and companies. 
To write one's prayers and wishes

At the end of the visit, I couldn't resist a salted sakura (cherry blossom) ice-cream

Address :
Fushimi Inari Shire - Fushimi Inari Taisha 
68 Fukakusa Yabu-no-uchi-cho

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