Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan for Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Probably the most visited religious and tourist site in Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine cannot be missed during your visit to this beautiful town. Known for its seemingly never-ending lines of brightly-colored Torii that lead to the main temple, this place was definitely like no other shrine I have seen. The elaborately sculptured foxes (kitsune) guard this sacred site from all sides, and you can even get wooden wishing plaques shaped like this Japanese deity. Obviously, prepare yourself for the fact that you will have to share looking at this beautiful place with a bajillion of people, but fortunately, it is quite easy to stray away from the picture-snapping crowds one you get outside of the main areas of the shrine. You can take one of the many paths that lead to the peak of the mountain Inari. On the top, you can find a number of the so-called tsuka, or mounds intended for private worship. Keep in mind to be very quiet and respectful once you go away from the crowds.

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