We head off early for Fushimi Inari. The journey from Osaka isn't a short one. Upon reaching Inari Station, Fushimi Inari shrine is located right outside much to our delight. The crowd however, is pretty much. Considered to the type of crowds that I'd been to, the ones at Fushimi gets alittle more squeezy than usual.
I love how there are food stalls spread across the streets. From dango to beef, the thought of it made me salivate already! We got some street food before heading over.
his place, together with the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is always top places to mention. And they really live up to the name for that. It felt very much like a tourist attraction initially, with a lot of locals and tourist alike, hanging out along the gates, taking their OOTD for their Instagram.
Things however got a lot better as we walked up. It's much more quiet further back. The greens however are "greener" inside Fushimi Inari. There's no cherry blossom inside, however, I really do enjoy the peace and tranquility as we go further and further in. We would pass some other Instagram models occasionally along the way, with their tripods and gears step up trying to take the perfect shot. We nodded casually at each other before we continue walking onward.
This place... when quiet gave me goosebumps and poetry as I walked on. The countless shinto gates are somewhat a mystic experience as I found myself lost in time, having going through the similar place again and again, as I was bounded by time itself. The gate stretches out beyond, into nothingness, and we could only walked on to find out. It's a great experience, to slow down, to just let the thoughts run and see how far your legs could carry you. We eventually make a head and head off, as we were running on a tight itinerary for Kyoto.
I took a glimpse at the messengers of the shrine before I smiled and head down. I'll definitely come again for a evening walk or at least to the peak if I'm ever at Japan again. But for now I'll have to bid Mount Inari goodbye for that.