If you get the chance to visit Fushimi Inari at New Year, you definitely should go! It will be extremely crowded, but the atmosphere is wonderful and there are so many interesting things to see! People pray for the coming year, buy a fortune paper, and maybe a snack from one of the food stalls. If you visit in the evening, it's fun to climb the hill through the tunnel of lantern lit torii, and see candles burning on small altars.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.