Located in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture, in the mountains north of Tokyo, Nikko is an easy day trip by rail from the capital. It’s famous for its Buddhist and Shinto temples and shrines nestled in the forest, and was designated a World Heritage site in 1999.
Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha) is famous for its thousands (literally thousands!) of glossy vermillion wooden torii gates forming winding tunnels around the forested mountainside.
At 6am, we were almost alone but for a handful of photographers and an elderly Japanese lady with deep smile lines, out for her morning power-walk, who expressed delighted approval at my attire.