Again from my recent trip to Japan. This time I was at the Fushimi-ku, in Kyoto, the small mountain where sits the head shrine of Inari.
Location: Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. Location of the Fushimi Inari Taisha.
What to shot: Inari is the god of rice, also seen as the patron of business. That’s why merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshipped Inari. Each of the torii (traditional Japanese gate) at Fushimi Inari Taisha is inscribed with symbols, as they are a sort of advertising donated by a Japanese businesses. Walking up and down the mountain throughout the 4 kilometers of trails you will find thousands and thousands of torii and smaller shrines. It is up to you where to stop and photograph, but consider that as you walk up to the hill both torii and people became less frequent.
Ideal time to shot: The shrine is alway open, but I strongly suggest to avoid rush hours, unless you are willing to fight with hundreds of people to take your pictures, and planning to use your tripod just to move through the crowd. Night hours are perfect to get the peace and quiet you need, and also some thrill since the location get quite gloomy.
Gear: Standard zooms.
How to get there: Fushimi Inari Shrine is located just outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line (5 minutes, 140 yen one way from Kyoto Station). The shrine can also be reached in a short walk from Fushimi Inari Station along the Keihan Main Line.
Coordinates: 34°58′02″N 135°46′22″E