As a child I saw images from Kyoto, Japan. They were of a series of orange torii gates, so when I first visited Kyoto I expected to immediately see these gates. I didn’t, and it took me some time to track down where I might find what I was looking for. Inari Station is two stops south of the main train station, and this is where the Fushimi Inari Taisha journey begins.
Venturing through a series of larger entry gates you will find a number of beautiful shrines.
With a multitude of meticulous and beautiful details.
Including these very special downpipes.
This place is about the experience of a journey…
… with shrines along the way for leaving prayers, making wishes and giving thanks to the foxes.
One travels through nature and through constructed elements, with multiple rows of torii gates creating a dramatic visual and spatial experience.
Torii gates began to be donated by individuals and businesses during the Edo Period from 1603.
This most dense section of the gates is one of the most powerful parts of the journey.
As the older torii gates deteriorate, they are replaced with newer versions.
Fushimi Inari Taisha has also been an inspiration to a multitude of architects who have visited and been touched by the place.
Place: Fushimi Inari Taisha
Additional Information: Japan Guide.com
Map: Fushimi Inari Taisha
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