The supposedly first destination wound up being the last sight to see. It was almost sunset when I arrived at Fushimi Inari.
Fushimi Inari-taisha is located at the base of the sacred Mt. Inari in the southeast of Kyoto. The shrine is well-known for the winding path surrounded by thousands of bright, vermillion torii gates.
Inari, the god of rice, is worshipped as the patron of business. Each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by businesses, organizations and individuals. The sponsor’s name and the date of purchased is painted in black on the sides of the torii.
The kitsune or the fox is an important fixture at the shrine as they are considered the messenger of the deity. It has been said that they always appear in pairs: one fox has a sacred jewel representing the spirit of the gods the other has the key to the rice granary.
The shrine is always open but be careful if you plan for an evening hike since the path is a bit dark.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is located just outside JR Inari Station. You can easily take the train from Kyoto Station (JR Nara line).