Fushimi Inari was super busy with visitors and we could understand why after we visited. It’s famous for the thousands of vermilion torii gates that span a network of trails. It’s an ancient shrine and the most important of many shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.
Behind the main buildings, the trails go through the forest to the sacred Mount Inari. The torii gates are donations by individuals and companies.
There are little shrines to visit along the trail.
The foxes are thought to be Inari’s messangers and there were many fox statues.
We would definitely recommend a visit here.
On our way back to our hotel we decided to stop in at Nijo Castle and lucky for us they were having an evening light up event in celebration of the cherry blossom season. Nijo Castle was built in 1603 and was the residence of the Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto, who had been ruling Japan for over 260 years from 1603 to 1868. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you go during cherry blossom season then it’s best to get there a bit early as the ticket line was quite lengthy.
It was a nice walk through the grounds and garden. The entrance to the castle is quite stunning.
The castle gardens are beautifully manicured and there’s a traditional tea house that you can visit during the day but it wasn’t open in the evening.
We enjoyed the cherry blossoms with the pretty lights.
They had some food and drink stalls so we ate a snack there. I’m not exactly sure what our snack was (this happens a lot in Japan because there is not much english spoken here) but I think it was round rice balls on a skewer covered with a sweet soy sauce. You just have to look at the food, see what looks good, and then try it!
As we were walking out we noticed they had a light show happening on the entrance doors to the castle. I have a short video of it here.
Where we stayed: Hotel Resol 👍
Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel