Up a hundred stairs and through a gate...

I can’t count the number of Shinto shrines I visited growing up in Japan. I visited plenty of shrines in big cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, but my favorites were always the small shrines tucked into a grove deep in a forest or perched atop a tall hill. No matter what one’s religious alignment, I don’t think it’s possible not to feel the pervading sense of peace and holiness in these beautiful, tranquil places.

Brickshelfer Paul Donis evokes a mountainous path leading to a shrine with his “Torii gate”:

(Via VignetteBricks.)