Next on our Kyoto schedule was Fushimi Inari Taisha. Fushimi Inari is the head shrine of Inari sitting at the base of a mountain with many trails up the mountain leading to smaller shrines. Inari is the god of business so many businesses donate torii (orange gates) because they worship Inari for wealth. All the donated torii line footpaths and create an impressive scenery of orange tunnels. Foxes (kitsune) are found all over the shrine because they are regarded as magical messengers.
On the way to Fushimi Inari Taisha, Yasu treated our visiting Dutchies to some yaki onigiri (baked rice balls with soy sauce) and I treated them to some surume (dried shredded squid). And I think they liked these typical Japanese snacks, especially the rice balls.
At Fushimi Inari Taisha we spent lots of time taking pictures with the orange tunnels and trying to read which companies donated the torii. Of course Yasu had no problem deciphering the Japanese but Minke studied some katakana at home, and she tries to practice her katakana skills as often as she can. She’s way better than I was during my first week in Japan!
There are so many more things to see and do in Kyoto, but unfortunately their time in Kansai is limited, a.k.a. way too short, so choices had to be made. Maybe next time…