Fushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社

The giant torii at the entrance to Fushimi Inari Taisha
The giant torii at the entrance to Fushimi Inari Taisha.

Last spring I visited the Kansai Region of Japan 日本 for a whirlwind five day tour of Wakayama 和歌山, Kyoto 京都, Nara, and Ōsaka 大阪. Along the way I stopped at Fushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社, one of the most popular and photogenic attractions in Kyoto 京都. I seldom engage in conventional tourism but couldn’t resist the sight of thousands of torii leading up the mountainside. Here are a few photos from my time there.

Ornate details at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Ornate details on one of the main buildings at the bottom of the hill.
Like a fox
Like a fox.
Write your wish on a tiny torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Write your wish on a tiny torii. Such shrines can be seen all over the hillside in different sizes and configurations.
The beautiful gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha
Beautiful gates and stone lanterns in the shade of the forest.
Thousands of torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Thousands of torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto.
Deep in the woods at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Deep in the woods.
Fox face board at Fushimi Inari Taisha
The hillside is covered with places where you can place little totems for good luck or other purposes.
Tiny torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Torii shrines at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Foxy lady
Hundreds of tiny torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Torii shrines at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Thousands of wishes at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Alien fox at Fushimi Inari Taisha
The picturesque lake at Fushimi Inari Taisha
A beautiful lake about halfway up the hillside.
Twin torii tunnels at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Twin torii tunnels. Choose your own adventure!
A bend in one of the twin torii tunnel at Fushimi Inari Taisha
A bend in one of the twin torii tunnel at Fushimi Inari Taisha
Torii study at Fushimi Inari Taisha
An endless procession of torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha