• LOCATION 6 | Fushimi Inari Shrine: An In-Depth Guide

    The Main Hall and its impact on people

    The Main Hall and its impact on people on Kyoto audio tour Fushimi Inari Shrine: An In-Depth Guide

    Make your way up the stairs and stop at the top.

    Ahead of you is the main hall. The current one was rebuilt in 1499.

    Inari Big God is enshrined here. It's the god of good harvest and business prosperity mainly, and also a very versatile God bringing you various blessings.

    I really would like you to try to give a prayer in Shinto way.
    Please prepare 5 yen, or other coins. The price doesn't matter.

    Even Japanese sometimes misunderstand this. The important thing here is that this is not where you make a wish. It's more like a vow.

    Instead of saying, "Please do this for me", you say, "I'll make an every effort to achieve this, please watch me".

    Now I'll tell you how to do it.

    [5 SECOND PAUSE]

    Do you have your coin ready?

    First, throw the coin in the donation box by the fence.
    If there is the bell, pull the rope down to ring it.
    Now bow twice, clap twice. Then in your head, say your name and where you're from, and think about what you want to achieve in the future, I'll wait a little bit, when you are done, bow one more time.

    Thank you for trying. I'm actually not superstitious, but I think this is a great way to achieve your goal. When we are busy with everyday life, we sometimes forget why we are doing it. Taking ceremonial steps and really thinking about your future is probably the first step to achieving your goal.
    This way, this tour is not just a fun activity, rather more meaningful to your life. You can see how discipline is valued in this culture just like rice farming.

    Now let's get going.

    Facing the main hall, please walk to the right and around it.

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Fushimi Inari Shrine: An In-Depth Guide