How many "Torii" gates are there in Fushimi-Inari-Taisya Shrine ?

by Tatsuhiro

What is Fushimi-Inari-Taisya Shrine ?

  Fushimi-Inari-Taisya Shrine is the "So-honzan" head shrine of 30,000 Inari shrines across the country and was established by "Inari-Ogami" God. There are paths called "sen-bon-torii", meaning alleys of tunnels made of 1,000 vermilon torii gates. Actually, however, it is said there are a total of more than 10, 000 torii gates, large and small, in the shrine compound which includes the whole of Mt. Inariyama. You can reach the top of the mountain, or rather a hill, going up the paths, but it will be a laborious, one-hour walk amid the rich greenery. In the meantime, it is the guardian shrine of merchants and tradesmen, attracting millions of visitors in the New-Year period. A pair of fox and vermilion torii gates are two of the characteristics of Inari Shrine.

How to get to the shrine

 After getting off a JR train at Inari station, Go through the huge torii gate and walk along the paved main road and you will be met by the huge main shrine building. Then, walk on unpaved narrow paths which are inside the tunnels of torii gates according to the instructions of the signboards. There are many vermilion-colored buildings on your way, souvenir shops and smaller structures selling charms. You can sit on the sides of the paths and enjoy chatting with your companions or have lunch. 

Huge crowd of visitors at the beginning of year

 This is the shrine dedicated to the God of a good harvest and busines successes, therefore it attracts millions of tradesmen, merchants and farmers in the New-Year period. 

 You can buy souvenirs

 You can buy various kinds of souvenirs at shops selling typically Japanese items of goods both inside and outside the shrine precincts. They will make memorable gifts for your acquaintances.

 Tour to Fushimi-Inari-Taisya Shrine.



06 Jul 2015

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It took me some 20 years to be qualified for this job and I feel honored for being able to help tourists from abroad understand our nation and culture. Japan is a beautiful country with a long history, tradition and rich cultural heritages, having various features in each of the four distinct seasons. Although there are now many visitors from abroad, mainly from Asian countries, they are mostly interested in shopping taking advantage of cheaper yen rather than understanding our people and culture. Kyoto and Nara are the two cities best known by foreign tourists, but not all the aspects of Japanese culture are concentrated there. If you visit the countryside other than these two cities, you will never fail to see the beautiful natural surroundings and people who will warmly welcome you. I wish to work as the bridge between Japanese people and tourists from all over the world. read more

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