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Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyoto and Osaka

Ever since I watched Memoirs of a Geisha (sue me), whenever I think of Japan, I think of Fushimi Inari-taisha. We reserved the gates for our second day in Kyoto and it was well deserved. It was easily accessible from the subway (only 1-2 stops away from central Kyoto station) and it's worth it to get there early before it gets overrun with tourists. The shrine is dedicated to Inari, a fox-god which is also the patron of rice, fertility, and business and so each of the torii gates is donated by a Japanese business. As the gate density thins, the crowd does too the higher up the mountain you go. 

 Mini torii gates you can buy to dedicate  Since the crowds were so dense, we would run ahead and hurry to take a picture whenever there was a break in the crowd, which made for some very blurry pictures. I would have liked to climb to the top (takes about 2 hours) where there are less people, but my dad has bad knees, so we only made it about half way.

 Finally fulfilling my dream of visi…

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