Secrets of Iconic Japanese Shrines

Why all the foxes and red gates?

For centuries, visitors to Kyoto have been charmed—and possibly tired out—by climbing the stairs through the thousands of red torii gates to the top of Mount Inari on the grounds of the Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, the ancient “Vatican” of more than 30,000 Inari shrines throughout Japan.

Inari fox statue guarding the entrance to stairs beneath many closely-packed vermilion torii gates at Fushimi Grand Shrine
Nearing the summit of Mount Inari.



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Diane Neill Tincher

Diane Neill Tincher


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