The second I laid eyes on Kifune-jinja on Google image, I knew I had to go there. It was this image of striking reds covered in snow and it was a dream. I might have searched for winter in Kyoto when that came up and I further researched what this place was with rows of red lamp posts along the stairs. Before I even found out how to get there, I told @feliciavalentine
we were going (and the neighboring Kurama). .
It didn't snow the day we went, but I immediately fell in love with the town of Kibune when we got off the train station. Up in the mountain, the air was fresh and crisp and I can hear the constant rushing of the river. It was incredibly serene up there. Then those reds came to view and I was about to lose it from the giddiness. For me, beside Shirakawago, this was a photographer's heaven.
The shrine at the top was beautiful and peaceful, there was a small bridge and waterfall on the other side, and some more things to see further up the road that we didn't explore because we lost track of time. By the time we came out of the fog of wonder, it was time to go. We did go to Kurama briefly, but the temperature dropped and got too cold. Plus, we wanted to go to Nara so we didn't go inside the Kurama-dera. I want back, hopefully with snow next time. ❤❄ #wejapantogether #allyouneedisjapan