Fushimi Inari Taisha | Kyoto, Japan | 1 of 2

One of the most iconic places in Japan is Fushimi Inari Taisha. If you've seen Memoirs of a Geisha, you'll remember when the young geisha runs through the bright orange tunnel. Ever since I saw that scene, I've wanted to walk through the orange gates. The shrine is for Inari, the god of foxes, rice, sake and a few other things. The shrine is comprised of thousands of torii or gates that have been donated by Japanese businesses. Fushimi is at the base of a mountain and you can follow the torii up the mountain through various trails.

Markus and I visited Fushimi on a sunny August day. It was the height of school holidays, so the place was packed full of visitors. The beginning portion of the shrine was so full of people, that it was impossible to get a photo without someone in them. In an attempt to see as much as possible, we decided to follow the trail until we were exhausted. I really enjoyed walking throughout the shrine. There was so much to see and experience. There are heaps of fox statues and my foxy shirt was a perfect homage to them. Fushimi Inari was unlike anything I've ever seen. Everything about it was beautiful and its probably one of my favorite places in Japan.