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Making a Trail

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Despite this delayed posting, this temple area in Japan was one of our favorite sites thus far on our journey. We visited the Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine to see the saffron colored gates and to get in a pretty sturdy hike.
The shrine was built in the 700’s and relocated to the current site in 816 AD. When I say shrine, I don’t mean just one building. This area covers the entirety of a small mountain, with large buildings at the foot of the mountain, and orange-red Torri gates going all the way up. Each gate is purchased by a business or family for good luck and has their name inscribed on the side. The larger the gate, the more expensive. To get a sense of how serious these people are about their Torri, drop a zero off the prices and you get USD. .DSC02905
These gates line the paths that go up to the peak of the mountain, and create one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. ~ Becky