We are going to Kyoto Station by taxi from the inn and will take a train of the Nara Line to Inari Station. It will be about 5 minutes ride.
A torii (鳥居, [to.ɾi.i] a perch of birds who are messengers from heaven.) is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred.
Cult of Inari; Inari Ōkami (稲荷大神) is originally the Japanese kami (god) of foxes, of fertility, rice, tea and sake, of agriculture. Today it is a god of industry, of general prosperity and worldly success, and one of the principal kami of Shinto.
The left fox has a key and right one has a hoju (宝珠precious stone) in their mouths. Foxes are worshipped as divine servants in the Inari faith.
Senbon Torii (千本鳥居 Thousand Torii); Thousands of vermilion torii gates lined up along the inner path at Fushimi Inari Taishain Kyoto. Each of the Torii is donated by a Japanese business.
Ancient people thought that flying in the sky freely and strong hawk eagle is the incarnation of god.
It is said that Oosugi Ogami (god) has come down to the Oosugi (big old cedar) and chased away bad illness.
Gone down Inari Mountain, we are walking to the main hall (Honden) of Fushimi Inari Shrine.
There was an enormous number of shrines in this sanctuary. I found two mysterious shrines among them.
Doutoku Tenson, Daode Tianzun, also known as Taishang Laojun is the god of Taoism. I do not know why the Taoist god has got mixed in here.
Guanyin is an East Asian bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by Mahayana Buddhists. She is commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy. There is no established theory of the origin of Kannon Bodhisattva. The indigenous goddess was just incorporated into Buddhism. Japanese Shinto priests do not know anything about religion, they know just business.
I have many photos of Fushimi-Inari Shrine. But it is impossible to post everything on this blog. I posted a few pictures on this blog. Many tourists from overseas came and post plenty of photos on the blog, please refer to them. If you come to Fushimi-Inari Shrine, you should come when you are young. It is very beautiful.