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
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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
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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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  • Biffro
    London, United Kingdom1,420 contributions
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    Breathtaking shrine
    This shrine is incredible, and was a highlight for me in Kyoto. As you enter the site there are the most beautiful shrines and temples and a pagoda and you then pass through a pathway of orange gates. It is so busy here as this is probably the most popular shrine to visit in Kyoto but stick with it. As you continue to walk through the gates (there are thousands) and go uphill, the crowds gradually disappear and you can get some serenity and pictures without loads of people in. This was a beautiful place to visit and we really enjoyed it. Do bear in mind it is a good 45 minute walk to the summit with lots of bother lovely and smaller shrines so wear appropriate footwear! We visited early afternoon but perhaps get here early when there may be less people.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 20, 2023
  • D K
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
    This incredibly beautiful shrine is easy to visit and is a short walk from the train station. I highly recommend visiting either first thing in the morning or later in the evening, perhaps after dinner. We arrived at the shrine at approximately 6:15 am and while there were already people there, it wasnt crowded and enabled us to have an enjoyable visit/take a number of unobstructed photos. When we departed the shrine, approximately 90 minutes later, significantly more people were arriving from the train station. If you have time, I would highly recommend visiting this breathtaking shrine but try to do so before it becomes overly crowded.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Angelica D.
    Fredericton, Canada33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Challenging but rewarding hike
    At the bottom it is a pathway and you can visit just the tori gates easily. However to walk up to the observation area (called the crossroads) or to the summit, there are a lot of stairs. The stairs are slanted in some areas and I witnessed multiple people fall. Be careful and take your time if you decide to go. Overall very lovely
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Sarah T
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful during the night
    We arrived here around 8pm during a bit of rain. Felt like we had the place to ourselves, which wouldn't have been possible during the day. Although the pathway lighting isn't great so I wouldn't recommend it for the older crowds (the steps were a little slippery too - but that was because of the rain). We enjoyed ourselves greatly and would go back at night again.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Mitchmo1
    Fontana, California65 contributions
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    Worth the crowds- take the road less traveled.
    So this is a must-see if you are visiting Kyoto, but be ready for crowds in the shrine area and the first “flight” of Torii gates. When we had a chance we left the main Torii gate trail and went off towards the bamboo forest and around the back of the mountain. There is a steep trail that leads (so many stairs) to the top of the mountain that is worth the hike. Once at the top we met up with other visitors that had come up the main walk. On the way down the tails was less crowded and there was plenty of photo opportunities.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Wei W
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    amazing
    miles and miles of tori gates leading up a mountain. Even more amazing at night-open 24 hours, we went twice in our short 3 day trip to Kyoto because we loved it so much. A lot of side hiking trails leading up to tiny shrines and statues.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Majajing
    Culver City, California88 contributions
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    Take your time walking the Shrine
    It's a trek without knowing it. Make sure to use proper shoes and go early if you are going during the summer. It gets hot and you will be gulping water. But the place is serene and peaceful. It better to get the pictures on the way down, less people in the way.
    Visited July 2022
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Chris W
    Budapest, Hungary529 contributions
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    I didn't realise everyone is an international model
    The scenery is amazing. Right near a JR train line. However if you go in peak times you will have to wait for nobodies who think they're models to finish their photoshoots under the gates for you to take your one photo. Sigh. As everyone else has said, the earlier you go the better, unless your phone has the magic eraser functionality like mine does.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Rosemarie P
    South West England, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An experience not to be missed
    Going through the 10000 gates, climbing the 12000 steps up to 230m top is so worth the effort. An absolutely stunning experience. So much to see. So many shrines within this climb. The ice creams, the drinks, the food, all outstanding. Loved it
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Phillip R
    Sydney, Australia91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See Kyoto site
    The Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine is a must visit if you are in Kyoto. There are thousands of Tori Gates to walk through. I did not do the whole thing as it was getting dark. I went in the evening in the hope of missing crowds and I would recommend this - go early or late and avoid the masses ( unless you want annoying millennials in all your photos).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 5, 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, FL45 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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HPLIM
JOHOR BAHRU747 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
Japan199 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
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WA550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Poland236 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, Ukraine345 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, Denmark28 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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