Japan is a pretty incredible country. From the food to the people to the culture, there is so much to see and do.
We had always seen the pretty “Instagrammable” location known as Fushimi Inari-Taisha online and made up our minds to visit one day.
We read about the best time to visit, and most people said to go in the early morning to avoid the crowds.
It was winter with a chance of snow, so we said no thanks and went at around 10am on a chilly morning.
Can I start by saying this place is even more beautiful in the snow?!
There are thousands of orange gates winding their way up and down the mountain past multiple shrines.
The whole experience is a bit surreal, and the snow made it feel quieter despite the fact there were still hundreds of people doing the walk with us.
TripAdvisor reviews were right about one thing – most people don’t bother to walk to the top, instead choosing to take photos with the orange gates at the start and then leaving.
While it was a fair walk (we stripped off so many layers on our way up!), I’m really glad we spent a couple of hours at Fushimi Inari-Taisha.
It was a beautiful and meaningful experience and a highlight of the trip.