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Fushimi Inari Taisha


Fushimi Inari Taisha is a Shinto shrine located close to Inari station on JR Nara line. Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of god Inari which is the patron of industry in Japan. This shrine has the most number of prayers during New Year season in Kansai area(Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe).

Then, this shrine is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kyoto, especially for foreign tourists. Actually, major tourists attractions in Kyoto for local Japanese are Kiyomizu-dera temple, Kikankuji temple(Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji temple, Heian jingu shrine and etc. Fushimi inari is not located in the city center of Kyoto, and it is isolated from other major tourist attractions.

Fushimi Inari Taisha is famous for its Senbon Torii, which means Thousand of Torii(Shinto gates in red color), a narrow path which a thousand Torii are in the row. Actually there are ten thousand Torri in Fushimi Inari Taisha.

These Torii were donated by the citizens to make their dreams come true or thank the wish which became true. Therefore all Torii are written the date of donation and the name of the person or company(sometimes both) which donated the Torii.

Due to popular destination for foreign tourists, may be you will meet more non-Japanese at this shrine.

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