Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hi, welcome to Japanesquest. Today, we are visiting Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto. Fushimi Inari Shrine is the head shrine of Inari. Inari is a Shinto God of rice, agriculture, and business. You will see many red gates and statues of foxes at Fushimi Inari shrine. These are symbols of the God Inari. While the main shrine is located at the foot of Mount Inari, all areas on the mountain are considered to be sacred. There are about 10,000 Torii gates on Mount Inari. Among them, Senbon-Torii area is the most picturesque, as a great number of Torii are standing with very narrow intervals. All Torii gates were donated by Japanese individuals or companies. On the back of each gate, you can find who the donator was and when the donation was made. After passing Senbon-Torii, you will encounter a pair of stone lanterns. On the lanterns, two Omokaru-Ishi are placed. Visitors make their wishes in front of one of the lanterns, then try to lift the Omokaru-Ishi. If the weight of the stone is lighter than expected, their wish will be granted. How high should you climb up the mountain? That's a reasonable question. A good answer is to "Yotsu-Tsuji". Yotsu-Tsuji is a resting place on the mountainside, about 45 minutes from the main shrine. From Yotsu-Tsuji, you can enjoy the nice view of Kyoto city. Fushimi Inari Shrine is open to everyone 24 hours a day. At night, all paths and Torii gates get lit up, which give the shrine an eerie, but fairytale-like aspect. It is also a bonus that there are less visitors at night. Fushimi Inari Shrine is definitely one of the Must-See spots in Kyoto. If you have time, it is worth going to Yotsu-Tsuji and enjoy the view of Kyoto city. On the other hand, climbing up to the mountaintop is not always recommended, since there is not a particularly remarkable view there. If you want to do so, you should start at dusk. The illumination will eventually add an enjoyable aspect to it. That's today's episode of Japanesquest. For more details, please check our website. The link is in the description below. And don't forget to subscribe! Thank you for watching!