Fushimi Taisha shrine

Fushimi Taisha shrine stairs at night (Kyoto, Japan)

Fushimi Taisha shrine stairs at night (Kyoto, Japan)

Both beautiful and sinister at the same time, this old cemetery was voted as one of the favourite tourist attractions in Japan and not without reason. This place never sleeps and I heartily recommend a visit at night. I actually visited it three times. Yes, I’m really encouraging you to visit a cemetery at night, but don’t worry as it is very well illuminated.

Fushimi Taisha shrine main temple at night (Kyoto, Japan)

Fushimi Taisha shrine main temple at night (Kyoto, Japan)

The shrine also holds a series of events during the year. The lantern festival is around the 18th of July. As shown on the above image, you will find the place surrounded by typical Japanese lanterns.

Fushimi Taisha Shrine doors path (Kyoto, Japan)

Fushimi Taisha Shrine doors path (Kyoto, Japan)

This shrine is famous for being built around a mountain. It has over 10.000 Tori gates. It is also home to several sub shrines. Walking from the bottom to the top is a distance of a few kilometres and will take you about two hours. Experiencing that walk uphill during the solitude of the night feels exactly like doing a small pilgrimage. It provides a rare and wonderful opportunity to relax, reflect and lose yourself in your own thoughts.

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