I had just left the summit of Mt Kunimiyama and was on my way to my next segment - The Nanamagari Path - when I happened to look down below me into the forest and, there it was, a vermilion colored Torii.
In a recent post, I shared with you my visit to the Shimonobo Eisho-ji Temple. Earlier in the day, as part of a day hike I was doing, I stumbled-upon another religious complex - Hiyoshi-jinja.
This meant one thing, the Torii was the entrance to a Shinto Shrine. But it wasn't just any Shinto Shrine, it was an Inari Shrine. This is just one of the 32,000 of it's type in Japan, making-up one-third of all Shinto Shrines. These complexes are recognized by the avenue of vermilion colored Torii marking the entrance and the Kitsune (Fox) standing guard at the shrine.
So, without further ado, let me introduce you to;
To get a better idea how I felt, this video should go some way to sharing that experience, and this map should go some way to show you how isolated Hiyoshi-jinja is and how to get there.
So, before I sign-off, I want to say it has been a pleasure to share this with you and add a BIG thank-you for reading this post. Until next time -