Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This shrine is one of many located throughout Japan that was built to honor Inari, the Shinto god of rice.
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Neighborhood: Southern Kyoto
Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.
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  • gpants1
    Sydney, Australia132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful calming trek through 1001 tori gates.
    This is a wonderful place to experience some peace, whilst doing some slow exercise. THe 1001 tori gates in glorious orange provide a glow in the morning light which calms the mind and brings wonder at the extraordinary dedication of so many to create these gates and shrines over the centuries. The full circuit can take an hour or more depending on your fitness and if you sit and contemplate, and climbs up a mountain. There are plenty of rest stops and bathrooms. This is a highly recommended place to visit and down the hill towards the station there are many street stalls selling delicious local food.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 1, 2023
  • Miro
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atmospheric place in Kyoto if you come early
    Really awesome place if you manage to come early enough to avoid crowds. The sunset view is also pretty amazing from one of the view spots on your way to the top. The higher you go, less people you will see there.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 1, 2023
  • Elizabeth R
    Short Hills, New Jersey17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much fun to go off the beaten path here!
    We accidentally climbed to the top of Mt. Inari by staying to the right and taking a trail hardly passing by another tourist! What a relief! We really lucked out and had the most gorgeous hike up and around Mt. Inari and enjoyed the less crowded gates at the top. We descended the general tourist route.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 9, 2023
  • Leila A
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    challenging climb but worth it!
    The shine was beautiful and we made our way all the way to the top of Mt. Inari! There were many smaller shrines on the way up, and opportunities to stop and rest. There are a lot of stairs and it takes between 1 -2 hours to get to the top depending on your pace. There's a great view when you're almost at the top!
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • wlum2018
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia21 contributions
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    Simply amazing walking up to Mt Inari.
    Great experience walking up to Mt. Inari step by step until the Summit. The higher you go, less people you will see there. It takes around 1-2 hours depending your pace to the top. A place you must visit when you in Japan.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 17, 2023
  • Fred
    Dover, Delaware83 contributions
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    A must see, but be prepare3dd for crowds
    This sit is one you must experience if you are n Kyoto. The shrine is amazing and the experience one you will not regret. You can even hike up to the top of the hill if you are so inclined. Just note it will take the good part of a day to do so. Fair warning, it is crowded, so have patience
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 18, 2023
  • Traveling Ammonite
    130 contributions
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    A MUST, but only if you go early!
    The Fushimi Inari Shrine is a must in Kyoto, but only if you go early! We began our climb at 6:45 AM, and while there were a few people here and there on the way up, we felt very relaxed and were able to enjoy the sights. We even took a few nice photos! By the time we went back down at arouns 8:00 AM, people were already flooding in. I've heard it only gets worse after that, so I definitely suggest getting there at around 7:00 AM at the latest if you want a less crowded climb (you can even take breaks without feeling bad for holding up the line :)). The only drawback is, most of the shops don't open until a bit later, but that wasn't a problem for us. The climb itself is moderate. It's quite a ways up, but the stairs are punctuated by things to see, so it's not like hours of bootcamp climbing.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 19, 2023
  • nicoleke
    Washington DC, District of Columbia50 contributions
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    Crowded but a must-see
    Yes it’s crowded, but it’s a must-see for a reason. Keep going through the Torii gates up to the top and the crowds thin out dramatically. When we visited, there was a little street food market right outside of the main gate serving delicious mochi and other yummy snacks.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 24, 2023
  • Kate Y
    United States8 contributions
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    Tori Tori Tori
    For all the times I've been to Kyoto I've never been here! Lovely walk up the street leading to the entrance. Very crowded with tourists so be prepared to deal with that. Walk through the entrance and stop to wash your hands, then proceed to explore grabbing a map of the complex as it is quite large. Go up the steps to the Tori Gate entrance and take the requisite photo along with all the other tourists. It is interesting to see the many Tori gates and appreciate that people and companies donated them throughout time. Enjoy the statues of the fox spirit located everywhere. Walk through the Tori gates continuing up a manageable paved path to steps. From there you can climb the steps up to the top of the mountain. You'll notice a change in outdoor temps as you climb so be prepared during cooler months. Overall worth a visit once but the hoards of tourists sorta take away the meaning of the Shrine - to honor the God of Harvest.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2023
  • lum W
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the place where there is an altar for ancient Japanese gods.
    I was able to have an exotic experience in a Japanese atmosphere. The stairs are very long and you will need sneakers and a towel to wipe off the sweat as you will be climbing the mountain. An arch called a red "torii" continues endlessly. I walked under it.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2023
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Anon
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Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited Fushimi Inari as part of a tour (highly recommend to do a tour so that you understand the stories and meanings behind each part of the shrine). This place is huge- it sits on a mountain and you can hike through the entire shrine. It was still crowded enough with locals and quite a lot of tourists despite all the virus hype, so I can’t imagine how much busier it is during normal tourist season! It is better to visit early in the morning. In one part of the shrine, there are small local stores, one of which sold boiled eggs- a must try! Delicious and boiled in the sacred waters of the shrine.
Also, get ready for a major workout - if you plan to walk the entire length of it, there are many steps and lots of long, narrow trails.
Written March 10, 2020
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Kristin B
Islamorada, FL44 contributions
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May 2020
We loved this shrine, so amazing and a nice easy hike. We went very early in the morning to avoid any crowds, I believe we arrived around 8am & there were very few people there. Took the subway system from Kyoto Station and it's only about a block from the station there (I can't remember the name of this stop). Must see if you're in Kyoto.
Written October 22, 2020
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JOHOR BAHRU750 contributions
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Dec 2019
A trip to Kyoto is incomplete without visiting Fushimi Inari Taisha!
From Arashimaya station, we took the JR train to Inari Station for our next itinerary, the Fushimi Inari Taisha. We started our walking tour from the shrine which sits at the base of the Mt Inari by walking through the thousands of vermillion torri gates which straddle a network of trails behind its main building. In fact the vermillion torri gate is the icon of Japan. On the way, there are many fox statues across the shrine grounds. We climbed up to Mt Inari which is 233m above sea level. It was just another 15 minute walk before reaching the peak, but we abandoned it as it was getting dark and there were not many visitors going up. So we decided to descend and walk back to Keihan Inari Station. It’s a good walk with fresh air and some beautiful scenery along the way. On the way to the Keihan Inari Station, there are many hawkers selling various type of local food. We tried the grilled Wagyu beef before boarding the train to Gion-Shijo Station.
Written January 18, 2020
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MariamJavier
Japan180 contributions
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Mar 2021 • Family
One of Kyoto’s oldest historic landmarks!!The most important Inari Shinto shrine in Japan. It’s FREE (no charge) & so is the parking (parking attendants direct the parking). Stunning Romon Gate, Main Hall & Shrine. Be prepared for a 2-3 hr excursion just for the hike through all the toriis - climb the stairs & hike through over a thousand vermilion torii shrine gates to the summit of sacred Mt Inari. Descend back to the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. We took frequent rest breaks while hiking upward. There are quite a few shops (for drinks, food, souvenirs, ice cream, etc), vending machines but maybe only 2 restroom areas along the hike. Best to get to the shrine & start the climb as early in the morning as possible...you’ll get wonderful photos before the crowds come. Majority of people wore masks for COVID precautions.
Written March 23, 2021
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Steph & Dan
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Feb 2020
What you see in the pictures is just the very surface of this place. You can spend hours here. We recommend arriving early (at or just after sunrise) and making this a contemplative walk. Our group of four split up at times to make this our own experience - praying, humming, connecting with nature, or whatever else might suit you. The views are breathtaking and it's really special this space is open to the public. Highly recommend you snap a photo or two at the beginning and then put away the camera to discover so much more by showing up to the whole experience.
Written March 27, 2020
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA549 contributions
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Sep 2019
My absolute favorite attraction in Kyoto, and maybe all of Japan. When you enter Fushimi Inari, you are greeted with the tori gates with a big orange building with shinto foxes on both sides. This is the iconic picture of it, and one might be forgiven for thinking this is where it ends.

However the beauty of Fushimi Inari lies beyond the entrance, and moving past it to the other temples on the long set of stairs. Neither me or my wife are hikers, but we absolutely loved going up Fushmi Inari as we kept being greeted by ever more imposing thousands of tori gates. There are multiple temples along the way to the summit, which in itself are beautiful and worth stopping and paying homage. You will keep seeing the beautiful fox statues all across the hike too. Unfortunately our feet were too sore from all the walking in Kyoto, Osaka that we stopped a little bit short of the summit and never reached Mt. Inari.

At the base and even along the hike, there are food stalls selling local food items. We didn’t grab a bite, but if you’re adventurous it could be worth a try. With it’s free price label, I’d rank it Kyoto’s must-visit attraction and one of the “shouldn’t miss” places
Written February 5, 2020
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Piotr S
Krakow, Poland243 contributions
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Mar 2020
We were there in the evening (about one hour before sunset, so the place definitely was not overcrowded. Orange/almost red Tori gates are absolutely unforgettable views. The whole shrine area is rather big. Tori gates lead to thetop of the hill, where there are a few platforms allowing for great views on Kyoto, other surrounding hills and even Osaka. Additionally, everywhere are everywhere stone fox statues, as the shrine is devoted to deity of foxes, which are the messengers observing people. Very nice place, with some quiet, contemplative places, especially when not overcrowded. Absolutely "must see" in Kyoto.
Written March 15, 2020
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Svitlanka Sergiichuk
Kyiv, Ukraine288 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
This giant shrine area with thousands of orange shinto gates and statues of the foxes are a must visit in Kyoto, and I have a small tip on how to avoid the crowds of tourists there. Officially the place is open till 5 pm. But in fact, it is safely accessible any time, so I recommend to come AFTER 5 pm.

Firstly, the place has a great lighting around all the temples 24/7 so you will see them well even when it’s dark - I added the pics here.

Secondly, it is not crowded at all in the evening, so you can enjoy your privacy on the nature side.

Thirdly, you will still be able to make it to all the suggested walks.

Have fun!
Written February 29, 2020
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markdoc_geo
Copenhagen, Denmark31 contributions
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Dec 2019
It's said that this is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan, and I can believe it: we were there on a cold day in December and the place was absolutely swarming. I hardly dare contemplate what it must be like in the high season.

However, don't let that put you off. The temple complex covers the whole mountainside, and as you go up the mountain, the crowds fall away. The vast bulk of visitors only visit the lower part of the complex and of those who go further, most stop at the saddle where there is a great view of Kyoto, and a small restaurant. If you climb to the top (about a 15 minute walk from the saddle) and then take the loop path that leads you back to the saddle, you can enjoy an uncrowded walk along the forest path, dotted with those iconic orange Torii gates.

It's probably obvious, but it should be noted that this is NOT a destination for the mobility-impaired. The paths are steep and often narrow and there are a lot of irregular stone steps.
Written January 13, 2020
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Caroline V
San Jose, CA29 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Couples
What a neat and lovely place! Yes, it can be crowded. We got there early and it wasn’t too bad; the crowds also thin out the higher you climb.

When we were there, everyone was very considerate and respectful, both of the shrine itself and of their fellow visitors.

The views are lovely and it was definitely worth the climb. When you descend, you can take the back path and avoid those who are climbing up. It’s faster and it makes the torii gate path less crowded for those who are still going up, too!
Written March 31, 2020
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