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Kyoto Photo Walk 3

Fushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社

Part 3 of my previous trip to Kyoto – mostly taken at Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社), The Path of Philosophy (哲学の道) and Ginkaku-ji Temple (銀閣寺). This photo post was due to go up back in last November but lots of stuffs happened – I do feel bad as I don’t post as often as I used to ><

Part 1 of my Kyoto photo post lives here while the second post lives here.

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Taking random photos at Kyoto station. For some reason I just like taking photos of random people at train station ^^;

 

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Heading off to Fushimi Inari Taisha via JR Nara Line and you’ll reach the temple in 2 stops.

 

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Was talking to a friendly train station staff while waiting for the train. By the way, most photos in this post are shot with my Sony A7ii with the Sony Carl Zeiss 35mm F/2.8 lens. Here you can see the ‘bokeh’ (background blur) looks quite pleasing even though the len’s maximum aperture is only F/2.8. Not to mention that the photo is sharp at max aperture too, combined with the Sony A7ii I can use either face tracking or eye-autofocus to get this shot quickly- love this tiny lens and camera (It’s a great combo for travel/street photography) ^^

 

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Arriving at Fushimi-Inari-Taisha. It’s a very popular tourist destination – I find the best time to visit here is the early mornings or the late evenings so you can avoid all the photobombings ><

 

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In front of JR Inari station.

 

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Some random shots at the temple grounds.

 

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Statues of stone foxes – the messenger of Inari, you’ll see  a lot of these fox statues around the temple grounds and mountain trails. The keys that some of them hold in their mouths are for the rice granaries as Fushimi Inari was dedicated to the gods of rice and sake back in the old days.

 

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There’s much to explore here – expect to spend about 3 hours here if you’re planning to climb up to the top of the mountain ><

 

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Lots of paper cranes here – there’s a saying that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods.

 

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These are all Ema (wooden plates) which come in the shape of Tori (shrine gates).

 

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The path leading up to the hill – remarkable sight of over 10,000 Tori gates starts here.

 

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Absolutely love this shot – this place is unreal.

 

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And of course there are fox-shaped Ema at Fushimi Inari – dem anime faces XD

 

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All of these tori gates are donated and inscribed by businesses and individuals thankful for prosperity brought by the Inari gods.

 

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Just in case if you’re wondering, the inscriptions on the Tori are the names and addresses of the individuals and businesses who donated them.

 

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Felt bad for photobombing their photoshoot, I quickly ducked to the side right after this shot ^^;

 

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As you climb up the mountain trails, you’ll encounter more of these fox statues.

 

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Up in the mountains here are more smaller shrines and fox altars.

 

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Had to take a break by having some Kirin Lemon soda – nom nom nom.

 

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You can get a decent view of Kyoto city once you’re near the top of the mountain. Other than that, there’s really not much to see ^^;

 

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Finally reached the peak of the mountain…

 

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…and then more smaller shrines ^^;

 

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…and more fox statues.

 

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Sandals made out of straws – these were used as offerings for the shrines.

 

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Also forgot to mention that there are little shops like this one along the mountain trails – so you can buy souvenirs and nom nom noms along the hike.

 

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Back to the temple grounds at around 10am- the place was crowded with tons of tourists already ><

 

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Took moar random shots before leaving the temple.

 

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Next stop- heading off to Nanzenji- Temple in Northern Higashiyama.

 

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Kyoto Subway’s mascot girl – cute.

 

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Climbing up the stairs of Sanmon (main gates) at Nanzen-ji to get a better view of the temple grounds- you have to pay a fee for this though ><

 

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Also took some time to visit Eikan-do Temple.

 

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This “suikinkutsu” thingy is a large earthern jar which when you pour water into it, it makes a zen-like musical sound.

 

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Not really sure what these little metal bucket are called but it’s really smoothing to see and hear the sound they produce when the rain water drips thru’em.

 

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Onwards to the Path of Philosophy and also Ginkakuji.

 

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The Philosopher’s Path (哲学の道) is a stone path followed by a canal which is lined by hundreds of cherry trees. Too bad the cherry trees aren’t in full bloom when i visited ><

 

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Managed to spend a nice rainy afternoon just strolling along this path, love the scenery around here.

 

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Lovely tea flowers.

 

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Mujin Hanbai – self serve store/stall. This one selling fruits and flowers.

 

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Wooden carved statue – looks cute.

 

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Dropped by at one of the restaurants nearby – beside the condiments is a fortune-telling box.

 

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Onward to Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion), yet another well-known Zen temple in Kyoto.

 

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Entrance ticket for Ginkaku-ji ^^

 

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Rows of shops just outside of Ginkakuji so you can buy all the souvenirs – somehow I forgot to take more photos of the folks and shops here ^^;

 

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Returning back to Kyoto station – some tourists having fun taking photos with these high-school students.

 

 

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