If it looks somewhat familiar to you, you
may have seen the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”.
A monk walks through a passage of torii gates at the Fushimi Inari shrine just outside of Kyoto.
A torii is a traditional Japanese gate commonly found at the entry to a Shinto shrine. It is frequently painted vermilion and marks the transition from the sacred to the profane. The Fushimi Inari Shrine is the most famous of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.
The shrine has countless torii gates, offerings by worshippers, that cover the hiking trails of the Inarisan mountain. It takes about two hours to walk along the whole trail.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is located just outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto on the JR Nara Line.
Photographer: Hakan Nyberg