Fushimi Inari-Taisha – Breathtaking (Japan)

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Fushimi Inari-Taisha is the #1 thing to do in Kyoto. No question. I’m not that big on architectural marvels, but Fushimi Inari-Taisha is amazing. Mind-blowing. This shrine sits at the base of the Inari mountain which is 233 meters above sea level. This shrine is recognizable for its thousands of red and black colored shrines, Torii that are dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Each of the over 10,000 Toriis were donated by a Japanese business.

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The hike through this shrine takes about 2 hours by walking and is roughly 2 miles. I used this opportunity to get a little hill training in. As great of a training ground as this is, as I mentioned earlier, temples in Asia are a much more spiritual experience than anywhere else. In the case of Fushimi Inari, this shrine is breathtaking physically and mentally. This visually intimidating and beautiful shrine feels like a roadway to something special, and it is.

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A huge plus of shrines in Japan are the welcoming locals. During the early mornings, you’ll find locals young and old either making their way to work or getting some exercise in and they will without a doubt greet you at every passing. One dude said something like “Ussshh” pretty loud, which apparently means nothing, like just a sound you make in between words and probably like “I see you, wassup”. There’s a sense of camaraderie when you go early. During the peak tourist hours, locals are enticing you to buy something, but in the am, you’re in the club.

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This Asia trip was geared towards food, and honestly I haven’t visited many sights, but from the ones I have, this might be the best. Breathtaking in so many ways. I’m an idiot and I didn’t even think to visit this area until a friend asked that I get her a charm from here to bring her luck and because it’s “cute”, thanks buddy.

Source: Japan-Guide

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