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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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
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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Davesamtt
Trinidad and Tobago41 contributions
Family
There are many temples and shrines in Japan. Fyi, Temples are for Buddhist worship while shrines are for Shintoism worship.

Fushimi Inari is therefore a Shinto shrine but unique with its never ending sea of iconic red/orange torri style gates arching over the pathway which in turn weaves its way up the mountain - over 10,000 gates to give you an idea of the treat you are in for. Given the path is up a mountain, the shrine is more than a building but an experience with the environment.

Parking was easy enough and close for our guide to find.

As you approach the entrance to the shrine - it will immediately strike you as spectacular. There is a grand avenue with lanterns on either side that leads to a large and beautiful torri gate. Lots of photo ops in all directions. I recall there was also a Shinto ceremony you can observe if you are there at the right time. Fox sculptures are another highlight from the entrance to the shrine and as you walk among the well kept and concrete path. They do have a significance you can learn about when you visit. The feeling is surreal as you walk up through the torri gates lining the pathway like trees and all shades of red and orange, accentuated by hanging lanterns of similar hue. The pathway sometimes opens up and is dotted by the occasional gift shop, lake views and cemetery. You may also see workmen maintaining the torri gates demystifying its presence as the older wooden ones tend to rot. Throughout the shrine and it’s satellite buildings are a sea of red decorations. If you want to walk all the way to the top (I didn’t) and assuming you are reasonable fit, our guide said to plan for about 3hrs.

One pleasant surprise is how friendly the Japanese at this busy tourist sight. One old lady in particular sat making paper cranes to give to the children without wanting anything in return.

This shrine is unique to other Shinto shrines in Japan with its thousands of torri gates one after the other and well maintained to be a consistency of colour. It’s definitely a must see in Kyoto. There is a scene from the movie in Memoirs of a Geisha that was filmed there and showcases the steps leading to the torri gates.

We did this shrine as part of a Kyoto tour with Novaland Tours who were beyond excellent in organizing the trip. We didn’t experience much crowds that others have reported on and I attribute this to Novaland’s advice as they put the itinerary together with specific times to avoid crowds. So they had encouraged me to move things around to my original schedule with this in mind. Other places we visited in Kyoto that I would recommend are Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the famous Kinkakuji or Golden Temple, Samurai and Ninja Museum with the add-on lessons in samurai and ninja techniques, Togetsukyo Bridge and a cultural night show at Gion Corner.
Written February 8, 2020
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MariamJavier
Japan180 contributions
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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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Kristin B
Islamorada, FL43 contributions
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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Valy P
Villeurbanne, France33 contributions
I went there several times, alone, in couple, in family and with friends, and it always has been a really good experience.
It's a very nice walk, and the view from the top is beautiful.
Perfect spot for photos obviously.
If you dare explore a bit off the paths, you can find a lot of cool places as well, like mini temples and quieter places in nature.
I definitely recommend going, but preferably early in the morning, before it gets insanely crowded.
The walk from the station to the shrines is cool as well, you can sample different kind of street food.
Written May 12, 2022
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Magnificent Sri Lanka
Kandy, Sri Lanka73 contributions
We visited Fushimi Inari Shrine in the afternoon and the grand entrance from Senbon Torii was like entering a magical world. We enjoyed hiking through the thousands of bright red torii gates. There were many fox statues along the path, which regarded as the messengers and guardian spirits of the Inari Shrines. The whole pathway is torii-covered along the loop to the top of the mountain and it took around 2 hours to reach the summit. It was a truly mesmerizing experience. The path went through passing restaurants, viewpoints, and smaller shrines along the way to the top of the hill. We could get some brilliant images of torii gates without other people in them. The view of the sunset at the top of the hill made an everlasting memory and this was one of the amazing journeys we encountered in Kyoto.
Written June 22, 2020
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Dylan B
Perth, Australia17 contributions
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An absolute must whilst in Kyoto! We went in the early afternoon via train from Kyoto station. The train was quite crowded but as everyone lined up in an orderly fashion and 90% of the passengers were getting on at Kyoto station and off at Inari station, it wasn’t an issue with access. Going in the first week of the new year meant for large crowds so it often took a few minutes of waiting to get a non-crowded photo under the famous torii gates. I would highly recommend walking all the way up to the top of Mount Inari to see the spectacular view and the shrines scattered along the journey. There were many good souvenir shops and food options on the walk out as well.
Written January 6, 2020
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MasCabron23
Okinawa City, Japan375 contributions
The numerous Tori gates set the scene and create a visual experience that ALMOST makes you forget that you are climbing up a mountain (a tall one too!). All the way up and some of the way down these Tori gates are lined up for your visual pleasure. There were many mini-shrines as you ascend the mountain and different spots to get a bite to eat or get something to drink.
Wear comfortable shoes because you are going to get tired and check the weather.
Written April 11, 2021
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Anon
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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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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia709 contributions
Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds. At the very back of the shrine's main grounds is the entrance to the torii gate-covered hiking trail, which starts with two dense, parallel rows of gates called Senbon Torii ("thousands of torii gates"). The torii gates along the entire trail are donations by individuals and companies, and you will find the donator's name and the date of the donation inscribed on the back of each gate. The hike to the summit of the mountain and back takes about 2-3 hours, however, you are free to walk just as far as you wish before turning back. I recommend to get there early to avoid crowds especially if you intend to hike to the top however due to Covid we were lucky that there weren't too many people around. Easy to get to by train to Inari Station.
Written January 23, 2022
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HPLIM
JOHOR BAHRU750 contributions
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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