People visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto also called Senbon Torii, one of the most visited in Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari Torii Gates in Kyoto

I put together the slideshow below from my pictures in order to show you the experience of people walking up the mountain at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, also called Senbon Torii.

The sight of the brilliant vermillion torii all lined up is magnificent, and perhaps one of the most iconic views of Japan.

It is said that there are about 10,000 torii lining this road up the mountain. These torii gates are not just meant as decorations. There is a custom that, if wishes come true for someone that has visited and prayed at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, they will revisit and dedicate a torii to the shrine. The writing on the torii themselves bears witness to this tradition.

I like that many people dress up for the occasion in colourful, traditional kimonos. An added bonus for me was also the forest’s autumn colours!

Isekai (rebirth in another world) is a popular genre in the East, but if you were to search Japan for a real-life entrance to another world, this would probably be it!

I also created some time-lapses with more Torii Gates: you can see them here.

If you would like to know more about Japan, have a look at my previous blogs here. Finally, you can see more images from Kyoto in my Japan Gallery here

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Daniela Constantinescu

Daniela Constantinescu

Daniela is an architecture and landscape photographer based in Sydney, Australia. In her blog, she likes to share her experience and her thoughts about the creative process in photography hoping to inspire and encourage others to improve their craft and grow as artists.