Tour Locations | Fushimi Inari Shrine: An In-Depth Guide
LOCATION 1 | Fushimi Inari Shrine: An In-Depth Guide
Welcome to Fushimi Inari Shrine
Welcome to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of the most iconic shrines in Japan. I'm Makoon, a government licensed tour guide and professional breakdancer. I'm happy to be your guide today.
You should be standing in front of the statue of a fox next to the huge red gate.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous as a photo spot decorated by 10000 bright red gates. But of course it's not just that, this place will be even more beautiful when you know the deep history behind it.
To start with, let's talk about the name, Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Have you heard the difference between a shrine and a temple? An easy way to understand is that they are 2 different religions: Shintoism and Buddhism. You are at a shrine now, this is Shinto. It’s Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine. The huge gate on your left is called Torii gate. You see one at pretty much every shrine.
Shintoism is the original religion in Japan, but it’s really unique. It doesn’t have a bible or scripture. People don’t know who and when it was founded. It says there are 8 million different Gods. There are Gods everywhere, in the mountain, in the river, maybe even in your earphones. That's why when Buddhism came to Japan in the 6th century, it was not hard for people to accept different gods. You might be visiting other temples later today, they are Buddhist temples,
Now Fushimi is the name of this area, a place of rich underground water, therefore famous for rice farming and sake. Inari is like one of the sects, like there are Catholic, Protestant and so on in Christianity. In the Inari Shrine, the fox is a messenger of God. In front of you, the fox is holding a rice plant in its mouth, bringing you good harvest. Along the way, there are 4 foxes holding different things in their mouths, please look for them.
Before we get going, let me briefly explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. You can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent at times, there's always a map on your screen, and if you get way off track, VoiceMap will let you know. Along the way, some small activities are involved, if you need time to get ready, you can always press pause button on your screen.
Now facing the fox, please walk to your left, and get to the left side of the huge gate. Please don't cross the gate yet!