This is, I think, one of the more iconic sights of Kyoto (along with Geisha, obvs!). Inari is the patron of business, and merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshipped Inari. Each of the tori (The red gate like structures) is donated by a Japanese business. First and foremost, though, Inari is the god of rice, apparently.
This Shinto shrine received Imperial patronage from at least 965, which probably explains its scale and grandeur, more modernly, it featured in the film Memoirs of a Geisha.
I don't normally enjoy busy tourist sights (other people annoy me, with their selfie-sticks, standing right in front of me and generally cluttering-up the place. Yes, I do know that they are there to see the same stuff as me but that's not the point!). This was busy, but the Japanese are pretty quiet when out and about and certainly so when compared to Chinese groups who are a right pain, so not too bad, but still V. busy. I did have to wait an age for nobody to be in that shot above though. Every time I thought I was there, some bugger would stroll into frame, stop and gawp. But my advice would still be get there as early as you can to get a proper sense of the peace and tranquility of the shrine, but even mid afternoon it was bearable.
This is the entrance gate which leads to a path covered by tori through the forest.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.