Based on my experience while travelling in Japan, I would find a water well for hands cleaning whenever I visited temples or shrines. Like the time I went to Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto with my younger brother and our aunt. We found the well with the instruction board explaining how to clean our hands.
Have you seen the instruction board on a wall?
The well was located in the front before we entered the main gate. Speaking of the Shrine’s name, Inari means Shinto God of rice which has foxes as messengers (source). Consequently, there were statues of foxes in front of the main gate as well as the area inside.
We went there during Autumn Leaves Season so we would be able to see the red Maple leaves.
The Fushimi Inari Shrine was also famous for the thousand of Torii gates.
A torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred.
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Actually, the trail were arranged through the summit. However, we walked through Torii gates for a while and we stopped as we wanted to turn back due to our weariness. Anyway, we didn’t walk back to the same route. We chose to walk past another route which led us to different scenery.
We said good bye to the shrine with the last ray of sunlight.