Tori Gates and Castle Gates

Today we visited Fushimi-Inari Taisha, a beautiful shrine just outside of Kyoto. It is famous for its 10,000 orange gates creating kilometres of paths up a mountain as well as 100’s of red-bibbed fox statues. Unfortunately there was some heavy rain so we didn’t go all the way to the top!

Fushimi-inari Taisha

Fushimi-inari Taisha

More gates!

More gates!

Jenny in one corridor of gates

Jenny in one corridor of gates

Tim in the gates

Tim in the gates

Cute children at the shrine

Cute children at the shrine

The foxes are apparently messengers for all the wishes for prosperity and good fortune.

Tiny fox statues

Tiny fox statues

Shrine cat

Shrine cat

A bib wearing fox

A bib wearing fox

A rather menacing fox!

A rather menacing fox!

After lunch [fabulous Sushi and yummy assorted sandwiches and skewers of meat] Rod & I went over the road to Nijo Castle. The most spectacular part was definitely the main entrance gate. It is an exquisite masterpiece of cloisonne.

Gate at Nijo Palace

Gate at Nijo Palace

Bird detail on Nijo Castle gate

Bird detail on Nijo Castle gate

Crane detail on Nijo Palace gate

Crane detail on Nijo Palace gate

Butterfly detail on Nijo Castle gate

Butterfly detail on Nijo Castle gate

Tiger detail on Nijo Palace gate

Tiger detail on Nijo Palace gate

Deatail from Nijo Palace gate

Deatail from Nijo Palace gate

Some girls in Kimonos [we have seen a surprising number of women and girls wearing these]

Some girls in Kimonos [we have seen a surprising number of women and girls wearing these]

Finally another trip into Kyoto for another bout of arcade games for the boys!

Most adorable doughnuts ever!

Most adorable doughnuts ever!

Tim in action

Tim in action

Chris enjoying the games at Kyoto

Chris enjoying the games at Kyoto

Tim playing a drumming game

Tim playing a drumming game

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4 Responses to Tori Gates and Castle Gates

  1. Pamela Joyce says:

    Dear Jenny, I now start my day by looking at your travel blog. Japan is so interesting: It must be in some ways like going to another planet. The little children you have photographed are so cute and lots of young girls seem to find life fun. Have another wonderful day.
    Love,
    Mum.

  2. Jenny says:

    Glad you are enjoying the blog! The Japanese certainly get out and enjoy themselves; the trains run every few minutes and even halfway up a mountainside will be a vending machine of cold and hot drinks and a tiny restaurant serving ramen and ice-cream. Today we are setting off for Nara to see the deer.

  3. 4cassandra says:

    Every image you post is amazing !

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