Thursday, June 19, 2008

day 172 - Fushimi-Inari (1)

There are supposedly 40,000 shrines to Inari in Japan, but this one, Fushimi-Inari-Taisha is the Mother of All Inari Shrines. First dedicated in the 700s (yes, 1300 years ago), it now consists of 5 distinct large shrines - and countless small ones - scattered over a hill with over 4 km of connecting paths. Most of the time you're walking through thousands of vermillion 
torii which are so close together they form a tunnel...

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