The fact that I love Asia is nothing new. This continent always surprises, captivates, and inspires me and leaves the baggages loaded with beautiful memories. My tip today is about a temple that I visited in Kyoto, Japan, and makes me smile every time I think about it: Fushimi Inari.
Did you know that Kyoto was founded in the 1st century? It is a lady full of stories to tell. For a long time it was the capital of the empire and with it was the center of the geisha, music, the samurai, the Japanese theater and especially of religion. Imagine the amount of treasures the city has. There are more than 1,700 Buddhist temples and 300 Shinto shrines. It’s amazing to have a legacy like this!
I visited a few religious sites in Kyoto, but Fushimi Inari is one of my favorites. It is a bit far from the center, however, the organization of Japan makes any distance easy to travel to. Just take the JR train in Kyoto’s Central Station and in half an hour your jaw will be dropped with the strength of the sanctuary. It is worth every effort to see the corridor full of red toris perfectly aligned, dedicated to Inari, deity of the rice and sake. (Toris are those traditional japanese gates that indicate the existence of a Shinto Shrine. They indicate that you are entering the spiritual universe.) The energy of this place is impressive. The movie Memoirs of a Geisha had scenes recorded there.
Each one of the shrine’s toris was donated by a trader of the region. There are almost two kilometers of corridors formed by toris. A lot of people circulate through there to ask for protection and prosperity in their professional life. There are a lot of talismans and stones hanging votive with prayers. This is one of those places where you don’t want to leave. It makes you want to spend hours moving through the corridors and stairways.
Did you enjoy today’s travel tips? Gostaram da dica de viagem de hoje? A spiritual place to bring good energies to you.
I hope you all have a beautiful week
XoXo and until next Tuesday.