So when you think of Japan, Geishas come to mind, right? I think most people who read the book or saw the film adaptation of “Memoirs of a Geisha” have a bit of an fascination with the orange gates so vividly shown.
A couple of year’s back New York’s Central Park was home to a pop-up installation of the infamous orange gates. I visited one cold afternoon in February more than 10 years ago.
Fast forward to March 2016, I made it to the real gates – Fushimi Inari Shrine. Located in Kyoto, Japan the shrine is often though of as the most popular tourist attraction in the area.
With over 10,000 gates leading to the shrine set 233 meters above sea level, I would advise getting your climbing shoes on to see it. P.S. – I saw a girl in stiletto heels and she looks as though she was in pure agony.
The climb itself is not bad at all. It is more of a hike, if I do say so myself. I read somewhere that it can take up to 3 hours, which I guess it could be close to 2 to 2.5 hours if you factor in going up and coming down, stopping to take photos, a rest and maybe get some ice cream, visit the shops, go o the bathroom, etc.
For the most part, it is not very steep and you get to come down, but there are quiet a few of steps. I would recommend wearing comfortable clothes, or clothes you do not mind getting a little sweaty if you are visiting on a warm day. Mr. A. decided to wear a long sleeve button down dress shirt for this day, while I was in workout. I don’t understand his choice of wardrobe sometimes.
Nevertheless, it is a great outdoor physical activity and you get to take in all of the beautiful landscape of the mountain you are climbing.
When you get to the top, you can see the city of Kyoto below.
There were so many great photo opportunities along the way and after a while, the photos start to look the same, but is a collection of some of my favorites.