20th MARCH 2017 ~ I thought it would be something like a walk in the park - looking at the orange pillars and the cute Japanese girls walking side by side, smiling and waving hands. I was totally wrong. The ascending hike up the hill soon turned into climbing a mountain - and it was endless. The orange pillars seemed to be continuously linked to each other, and going up higher and higher.
If you are a claustrophobic, better not to come here when there are a lot of people. When I was there, people just appeared out of nowhere. Walking was not an easy task when the path was quite narrow and you would have to avoid from bumping into other strangers along the way.
|rewarding myself with a soy-flavoured ice-cream|
At one point, when I thought I had reached the destination, that was only 75% of the climb (or was it only 50%). (This place is called Yosutsuji Intersection, which reminds me of Frost's "The Road Not Taken"). You would need 2-3 hours to reach the summit. Most visitors stopped here for a breather or for drinks, snacks and ice-cream, before they decided whether to continue walking up or make a u-turn. We had very limited time so we had no choice but to descend back, which should be one valid reason not to continue.
|a real cat at the shrine|
Fushimi Inari is the most photographed tourist spot in Japan so you have to come here when you are in Kyoto. You definitely have to go there when you are still young and have strong feet.
Read more about Fushimi Inari HERE.