Fushimi Inari Shrine near Kyoto (Kitsune Content!)

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Fushimi Inari Shrine

the famous orange gates of the famous shrine Kyoto

You have probably seen the shrine with the bright orange gates before (there even is an is emoji for it ;) ) and it is one of the must-sees when in Kyoto.

the famous orange gates

the famous orange gates

Given the importance and popularity of the shrine, the area can be really crowded. It is located on a hill, and you can hike up all the way through various routes through the orange gates. The more you go up, the less crowded it gets. So I’d recommend your taking at least half a day to enjoy the walk and scenery.

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A thousand paper cranes

At the shrine you can find a side path were visitors make wishes and also place origami chains. These colorful cranes are uncountable and are folded to chains of thousands. They have an interesting and sad history, you can google it! It is basically said that you can make a wish, and for it to become true, you need to fold 1000 paper cranes within one year. At Fushimi Inari there are many thousands and I hope everyones wishes become true :)

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I would estimate that you can spend a few hours hiking all the way up, the the closer you get to the peak, the more fruit are growing. There are little shops on the way selling souvenirs and local crafts.

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The View

There is a platform next to a cemetery on the way up, and from there you have an amazing view over Kyoto. I imagine it to be even better when it’s not raining.

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The White Foxes (Kitsune)

You can buy small wooden plates (ema) at the shrines, write a wish on them and hang it next to the other wishes. These were fox-themed, of course. I liked them so much and you can be sure I bought all the kitsune souvenirs for my friends!

You can buy small wooden plates (ema) at the shrines, write a wish on them and hang it next to the other wishes. These were fox-themed, of course. I liked them so much and you can be sure I bought all the kitsune souvenirs for my friends!

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