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The Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour

  • English-speaking guide is an expert on Japanese history, culture and Shinto religion

  • See sights off the beaten path; get recommendations on other experiences in Kyoto

  • Excellent photo opportunities; make lasting memories of your trip

The Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour
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The Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour

If you’re interested in a deeper understanding of the shrines and temples of Japan, take this tour of Fushimi Inari with a real insider. Go past the tunnels of red tori gates. Learn fascinating stories, history and folklore. See temples, shrines, forest-bathing sites and a zen garden, and get access to sites not on the official map.

What to Expect
Meet your guide at the entrance of Fushimi Inari Taisha, and take a tour of the main shrine. We will then go off the beaten track onto private shrines not shown on the official map to learn about the mystical practices and folk beliefs that are excluded from the official narrative.

After reaching a vantage point for a scenic view of southern Kyoto City, discover healing shrines, holy eggs, and Oseki-san, a god on Mt Inari, popular with devotees seeking deliverance from severe coughs and breathing difficulties.

Continue to a sub-temple of Tofukuji Temple via a secret route lined with hidden streams, waterfalls, and great cedar trees off the main trail. You will learn about the Hindu and Buddhist origins of some of the religious symbols, and the Korean and Tang Dynasty Chinese influence on folk shintoism along the way.

After spending a quiet moment in a zen garden, we will walk through the grounds of Tofukuji Temple and end the tour at Tofukuji Station.
Reviews (25)
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Reviewed July 12, 2018
Best walking tour ever!

Lee has an extraordinary knowledge of the shrine and history. Equally important, he is a great communicator. He seems genuinely interested in making sure that his tour participants leave with an appreciation of the area where they are exploring. The tour involved lots of climbing...More

Thank KayakBob
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2018

Hello Bob, thank you so much for the kind words. I'm glad you both enjoyed the tour and the other suggestions for the rest of Kyoto. Hope you'll come back to see the gardens in a different season!

Reviewed June 13, 2018 via mobile
Highlight of our trip

During the planning stage of our japan trip, Fushimi-Inari was at the top of our list of shrines to see. Craft Tabby was recommend to us by a relative as a MUST do experience. We are highly grateful to Lee, who was extremely accommodating and...More

1  Thank Jayde B
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2018

Hello Jayde! Thank you so much for the very kind words. I'm really glad you enjoyed going off the beaten track. Hope to see you in Kyoto again someday!

Reviewed June 4, 2018
Learn about Fushimi Inari intimately with Lee

Seeing Fushimi Inari through Lee's eyes was thoroughly enriching and enjoyable. This fellow Singaporean is a walking encyclopedia and by the end of the 4 hours there was not a single question he had no answers to. Lee is developing a walking tour app and...More

Thank annlimch
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Hello Ann, thank you for the review! I enjoyed taking you around and hope to see you in Kyoto again soon!

Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile
Do This

My husband and I just did this tour with Lee and i cant rave about it enough! Lee is a fantastic tour guide and knows Fushimi-Inari inside and out. You get off the main walk enough to see the beautiful countryside and end up in...More

Thank jrtLajolla
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

Hello Jill! Thanks for coming on the tour! I enjoyed taking you both around Inariyama and am glad you did too.

Reviewed May 21, 2018 via mobile
See & learn what other tourists don’t !

What an awesome way to spend half a day. I have been to some of the places in the tour previously but didn’t take a tour. This time round I learnt so much of stories / history / folklore. XJ our guide is informative &...More

Thank willcookwilleat
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2018

Thanks for the review Willin! Glad you liked the tour and thank you for bringing up how torii gates reminded you of the blood used to mark the doorways of the Israelites on Passover and also about the similarities between the enclosure for the gods...More

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April 5, 2018|
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