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The Fushimi Inari Journey

Fushimi Inari is a must-visit when in Kyoto – the sheer bold red of the numerous torii lining the mountain is such a fascinating way to immerse oneself in the reverence of the Shinto deities. I don’t subscribe to any religion myself, but the detail and thought behind religious structures has always been a source of awe at mankind’s devotion to art via the divine.

Our trip to Fushimi Inari started off with what would become our daily ritual of hopping onto the nearest train station towards Kyoto station:

Outdoor train station platform at Kyoto.This open-air platform was so pretty in the clear winter skies!

Edward Munch 'The Scream' socks from Korea and Snoopy slip-ons shoes at a train station in Kyoto.Ruru matching her new Snoopy shoes with a pair of awesome The Scream socks I bought for her in Korea some time back. :)

Waffle at Belgian Manneken Waffle in Kyoto train station.I tried a Murasaki Imo (purple sweet potato) waffle.

Waffles at Manneken in Kyoto train station.Manneken was our favourite snack shop in Kyoto station! We bought something from there everyday if I recall correctly.

Entrance at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Fushimi Inari map.

This trip with Shasha and Ruru was my second time visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha, but the first time I’d ever attempted to climb up past the first tier. It was so crowded! Somehow between the last time I visited and this trip, Fushimi Inari had attained the enviable number one spot in TripAdvisor’s rankings. Was slightly miffed at having to squeeze with the crowd, but also glad that one of my favourite places is getting the recognition it long deserves. Before embarking on our climb up the mountain, we naturally had to stock up on all the food lining the street leading up to the entrance! We didn’t have a big enough stomach to try all the food there, but we sure tried:

Takoyaki food stall at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Wagyu Steak food stall at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Yaki Dango food stall at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Dried apricots at a food stall at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Sweet potato fries food stall at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Selfie with sweet potato at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Aah my favourite place to be. Being back here made me so so happy. Also, was that old man walking a wolf?!

Man walking large dog at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Man walking wolf-dog at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Orange red momiji (maple tree) at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Torii against blue sky at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Face on a roof tile at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Fox tablets at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Torii at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Dog statue at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Japanese tourists at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Wefie in torii at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Red torii at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Sponsored red torii at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

We decided to take a detour from the torii and climb up some steep steps which led to a viewing platform somewhere higher up on the mountain. The scenery was so different at some points – it felt like I was transported into some german fairy tale being surrounding by such thick and spiky trees. Also, lots and lots of shrines and no one else around. Pretty eerie, but no regrets:

Sunlight filtering in the bamboo forest at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Bamboo forest at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.Komorebi (木漏れ日) – beautiful word for a beautiful sight.

Deep woods at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

OOTD at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan: Uniqlo cashmere sweater, H&M menswear coat, Lowry's Farm shorts, DKNY tights, Taobao socks, Spurr monique shoes.

OOTD at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan: Uniqlo cashmere sweater, H&M menswear coat, Lowry's Farm shorts, DKNY tights, Taobao socks, Spurr monique shoes.

Tombstones at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Shrines at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Shrines at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Torii and shrines at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Shrines at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Ascended the top of the mountain at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.We couldn’t believe that we’d climbed all the way up, way past the viewing platform. Time to descend.

Some sights on our way back down the mountain:

Shrine at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Shrine entrance at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Panoramic view of shrine at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Inside of a shrine garden at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Stairs in autumn leaves at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Gravestones at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Railway tracks at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

OOTD at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan: Uniqlo cashmere sweater, H&M menswear coat, Lowry's Farm shorts, DKNY tights, Taobao socks, Spurr monique shoes.

Pomeranian puppy in a sports vest in Kyoto, Japan.

Nature trail map at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Japan.

Love that my friends are always game for some photo-op shenanigans. Always so fun! Am remembering that time when I threw fallen leaves with Deb & Jac at UCLA too. Some things just never change. :)

Falling maple leaves at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan.

Shasha, Ren, and Ruru throwing dried maple leaves in the air.

We finally left Fushimi Inari and took a bus to Higashiyama for an evening stroll:

Sunset at Higashiyama, Kyoto Japan.

Sunset at Higashiyama, Kyoto Japan.

Sunset at Higashiyama, Kyoto Japan.I can’t get over how beautiful dusk can be outside of the equator.

People strolling along the steep slopes of Higashiyama, Kyoto Japan.

Free green tea matcha sweet sample in Kyoto, Japan.Got a free yummy sample at one of the shops.

Tanuki statue with big balls in Kyoto, Japan.Very amused by this super lucky tanuki.

Lamp-lit at Higashiyama, Kyoto Japan.

Pagoda at Higashiyama, Kyoto Japan.

Dinner was had at a muslim-friendly restaurant near Kyoto Station. Ginza Hageten (銀座ハゲ天 ) served the most delicious tempura don for only 1,080 yen (SGD $14)!

Ginza Hageten in Kyoto Station, Japan.

Hage Ten tempura don set meal in Kyoto, Japan.

Delicious egg at Hageten tmepura don in Kyoto, Japan.

Mushroom in miso soup at Hage Ten tempura don in Kyoto, Japan.

I want to go back.

Wearing
Uniqlo cashmere sweater
Topshop turtle neck top
H&M coat
Lowry’s Farm shorts
DKNY tights
Taobao socks
Spurr shoes

Outfit photos assisted by Shasha & Ruru.

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