We chose to visit Shinto Shrine, famous for its rows and rows of Japanese Gates, on a Sunday. Not the best idea for someone who don’t like crowds. And boy do I not like crowds. But the weather was nice and we had little time in Japan. So off we went to this busy tourist attraction. A place I’ve always wanted to see in person.
Arriving there you get an idea of the crowds at the station stop. You’ll see people of all ages taking their Sunday to visit the shrine. At the base of the shrine felt like a night market with all the street vendors selling foods you can’t help but to raise an eyebrow at. Fried mochi on a stick? I think I’ll pass, kinda felt like county fair foods, Kyoto style. Once we made our way pass the foods to the entrance, we took a breather. Still so many people. Once you get started through the gates I had an uneasy feeling this was how the whole trek would be, elbow to elbow with tourists. But eventually we found the cause of the jam. Groups of tourists were taking pictures at the gates, especially at the split. Once we squeezed by, it was easy sailing. I wish I could have went back in time to tell people, there’s so many beautiful gates up ahead. Please disperse! Anyways, I don’t have super powers.
After finishing our tour of the shrine, I have some notes that may help you:
Getting there by railway is pretty easy. Just take either the JR Nara or the Keihan line to Inari. From there it’s a quick walk to the base of the shrine. There’s no entrance fee so take your time and enjoy the scenery!
Verdict: Worth the visit.