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If there was one valuable lesson I learn from Kyoto, it would be that ’2 days 1 night’ is not enough, and I learned that with a short sharp pain.

As much as I’d like to visit Kiyomizu-deraRyōan-ji and The Golden Pavilion, this shrine that boasts thousands of torii gates was my second main highlight after Arashiyama bamboo grove.

I did a mistake by placing it as our last stop of the day and it didn’t help that the sun sets at 5 p.m. in autumn. Most pictures we took were either too dark or blur-not-on-purpose. 

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{Main gate, main entrance}

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{Intentional lip color and clutch}

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There is a twin of this route just right next to it and for a brief moment there I was reminded by life’s nature of how it is all about making decisions – something I actually hate doing, yet somehow managed to comprehend that kinda sad beauty of never knowing where your choice may lead to, or what the one you abandoned has to offer.

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{The dark in the bright and vice versa}

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Upon exiting the first batch of torii gates we came across a massive map:

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Upon discovering it, I remember a conversation I had with Big Guy:

“But how high do you wanna climb?”. I sensed exhaustion in his question. “‘It all looks pretty much the same.” There, I sensed boredom.

It felt like someone just did an ALS ice bucket challenge on my burning passion to explore this new place we came all the way for and I was completely devastated.

As it was also getting dark, I decided we make a U-turn and that’s exactly how far we went up the shrine.

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{Mini torii}

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{That thing with flash}

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{Solving differences by finding peace through obvious similarity between inanimate objects}

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As you can see, Fushimi Inari will definitely be worth the visit and I’d recommend anyone to allocate more time to enjoy the hike up the hill.

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I wish . . .

 

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