Kyoto travels: Fushimi Inari shrine and Unagi at Nezameya
|Nezameya - grilled eel specialist near Fushimi Inari Shrine|
The Shrine itself, established in the 8th century, is dedicated to the God of rice and sake called Inari and is the most important shrine in Japan to this God. You'll see lots of statues of foxes scattered around the mountain which are thought of Inari's messenger. The foxes generally carry a small key in their mouths which signifies access to stored rice and other grains. Even without understanding the intricacies to the background of the shrine, it's an impressive place to wander around.
|Fushimi Inari: some playful statues|
|The stunning Fushimi Inari torii|
|Nezameya: (clockwise) Juicy freshly grilled eel, unagi-don, grilled quails, taiyaki|
|Fushimi Inari gates, cherry blossoms on Mount Inari and a shrine entrance|