Playful lion statue at Fushimi Kandakara-jinja Shrine
Fushimi Kandakara-jinja is a side-temple of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. It is set on the mountain Sasa-yama (Maru-yama by the old name), with the mountain Inari-yama rising in the background. It is dedicated to the deities Amaterasu O-Mikami and Inari-no-Okami, and to Ten Treasures (Tokusa Kandakara) given by the deities when they descended from the heavens. The shrine name was derived from the treasures (Kandakara). A Shinto ritual prayer given at the shrine asks the deities to care for the souls of the deceased and to restore life to those people who are wavering between life and death. Fushimi Kandakara fell into ruin after the Onin War in the 15th century, but was restored in 1957. It is a quiet shrine, nestled within the light green of the surrounding bamboo forest.