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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Neighbourhood: 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
    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 1 March 2023
  • Miro
    14 contributions
    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 1 March 2023
  • Elizabeth R
    Short Hills, New Jersey15 contributions
    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 9 March 2023
  • Leila A
    8 contributions
    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 13 March 2023
  • wlum2018
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia21 contributions
    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 17 March 2023
  • Fred
    Dover, Delaware83 contributions
    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 18 March 2023
  • Traveling Ammonite
    129 contributions
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 March 2023
  • nicoleke
    Washington DC, District of Columbia50 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Kate Y
    United States8 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • lum W
    4 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
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Kochi (Cochin), India3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Like entering the era of the old Japanese kingdom. It is truly a Japanese ethnic environment that is still well preserved. There are lots of cool photo spots here, this place is one of the favorite tourist attractions for tourists.
Written 26 February 2024
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Nadin3_R
Linz, Austria3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Come early so it won't be too crowded! A view that is pleasing to the eye with typical Japanese ethnic buildings. The tourist area is wide and there are lots of cool photo spots.
Written 25 February 2024
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Derek S
Roslyn, NY864 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very cool shrine with a visit. It is open 24/7 and there is some lighting at night. It’s a little bit of a walk from the train station but not far. Totally worth seeing.
Written 23 February 2024
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けいともじふ
Nagoya, Japan5 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Famous of thousands of closely spaced vermillion torii-gates. The view is magnificent. It is also one of the large Inari shrines in Japan. Not only it gives us a great walk inside the shrine, the streets around it serves us with delicious Japanese takeout food. You can eat "Uzura"(Japanese quail), which is very rare.
Written 22 February 2024
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Wood77
Los Angeles, CA1,931 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fushimi Inari Shrine is perhaps the most recognized icon of Kyoto. It is said that Irogu no Hatanokimi shot a rice cake, which turned into a swan and flew away. Eventually the swan landed on a peak of a mountain, where an auspicious omen occurred and rice grew. Inari is the Japanese word for rice. There are more than 10,000 closely-spaced vermilion torii gates that wind over the hills of Mount Inari beyond the entrance to the shrine. To hike through all the gates up the mountain would take 2-3 hours. Each of the famous torii shrine gates has been donated by an individual or a Japanese business in the hope of receiving good luck and fortune. Even our early February visit, there were thousands of tourists taking selfies.
Written 19 February 2024
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fantastnik
Kyoto, Japan13 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
GUIDE TO FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE

Half day guide with map, food and photos to experience Fushimi Inari to its fullest.

TABLE OF CONTENT:

Best time of day to visit
Food recommendations
Unique Souvenirs
Photo opportunities
Hidden gems and extras

If you need to read only one thing out of this, is that I recommend visiting the shrine in the evening and not morning time. For the simple reason that you do not want to miss out on the beautiful sunset at the top of the summit, the best lighting on the torii gates, and the magic transition to night time with all the lamps lighting up that in itself, is a unique experience people pay tourguides for.

BEST TIME OF DAY TO VISIT:

Contradictory to ALL the guides out there, I recommend starting out around 3-4 hours before sunset so you can enjoy a hearty lunch, spend time at the souvenir stalls and take as many pictures as you want without rush before sunset on the mountaintop.

You wont miss out on photos by yourself between the gates even later in the day near the mountaintop, where the crows thin out, and more photo opportunities open up.

After sunset descend the left side of the mountaintop loop to enjoy the mystical forest by yourself, as not everybody knows the path gets lit up by hundreds of lights.

FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS:

Although the many stalls along the shrine entrance are great, and the few and far food stands on the mountain are present.
I personally prefer to have a proper meal sitting down with drinks and plates.

For that one I recommend the delicious ''Gyukatsu Kyoto Katsugyu''(see food photos) in itself a fun experience where for around 2000 yen (13 USD) you get a plate of tonkatsu, rice, miso and several dipping sauces to enjoy every bite differently.

After, for those with a sweet tooth, I recommend stopping at the highly awarded and 5 star reviewed icecream shop right across the street ''Nishimura Gelato Factory''.

I am a gelato aficionado and I recommend vividly ALL their flavours, especially their special matcha, which won many awards and is more balanced than other matchas out there that I've tried.

At the end of your day, after the visit, most of the places will have closed, so I recommend ''Ramen Hiwamatanoboru'' (see food photos) for a killer tsukemen (dipping noodles) at a great price.

UNIQUE SOUVENIRS

Now on the way to the shrine and the top of the mountain there will be thousands of souvenirs you can buy, but NOTHING will be as unique as a goshuin made by one of the shrine monks.

For those unfamiliar, a goshuin is a handpainted seal unique to shinto and buddhist temples, with each having its own design, usually costing between 300 to 1000 yen, depending on compleixity.

Given you do not have the special book needed (called goshuin-cho), the monk will provide you with one for 2300 yen, and can be used at every shrine or temple you visit. And as a personal note, the goshuin-cho from the Inari shrine is one of the prettiest I've seen out there.

It can be found at the buildings on the left of the entrance of the main shrine (see GOSHUIN on map)

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

There are several spots for amazing photo opportunities, with most ones without people being towards the mountaintop.

Your first stop will be at "Kumataka Shrine" on the "Shin-Ike pond" (see blue trail on map), where by keeping the pond on your left, following along a series of narrower paths, you will end up on a tiny dirt trail, follow it until reaching a tiny gray building for photos like the one I posted (see the shrine on the pond photo).

The second stop will be at sunset, all along the Torii right before AND after the Kyoto Viewpoint (see red trail on map and viewpoint) at "Fushimi Inari Yotsuji". The sun will be hitting in between the torii, giving the best lighting and no strong shadows allowing for picture perfect portraits. (see the portrait photos)
You can also enjoy the sunset over the mountains at the viewpoint if you prefer, but be mindful reaching this area takes up to two hours more or less, depending on your speed and if stopping for photos.

The third photo opportunities (see night photos) will be after sunset along the left side of the mountaintop loop (see black trail on map), where hundreds of lamps will light your path to the bottom of the mountain. Do take time and explore the side roads popping up here and there, being careful to avoid any suspicious sounds as yokais and boars are known to roam the area and feeding on unsuspecting tourists.

HIDDEN GEMS & EXTRAS

Although bathrooms are indicated throughout the on situ map, most of them are closed, so I recommend using the ones at the start of the trail before heading up.

Remember to follow etiquette and wash your hands and rinse your mouth (not drink) at the fountain to purify yourself before climbing up. And to keep the left side of the road when walking in Japan (even if most people will not).

Everybody is there to take photos, so be mindful to not run through somebody else's picture and be patient, you will be rewarded with the same kindness usually.

For all the hidden gems I recommend visiting ''The unknown sites of Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto'' on the ''How To Japan'' website.

The most important one will be the fortune telling stones "Omokaru Stones" found behind the "Okusha Hohaisho" shrine (see map for Okusha Hohaisho shrine)

Where a pair of Toro (Japanese lanterns) will have a lucky stone on top that will tell you whether your dreams are easy to achieve or not.

To use them, bow to the lantern formulating a yes or no question in your mind (Will I marry soon?/Can I be rich?/ Will I live a long life?)

Then grab the stone with both hands and guess whether it will be light or heavy, and then lift it.

If the stone is lighter than you thought, then, it means your goal will be easy to achieve, but, if it is heavier, then it will be difficult.

Usually these stones get crowded, so for another pair follow the white trail on the map to a hidden shrine (Fushimi Kandakara Shrine) where the stones are in the shape of a dragon. It can easily be reached by following the Torii gates after the first set of stones, and taking the first trail on the right.

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Written 15 February 2024
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Cme1234
Singapore, Singapore469 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is a very beautiful place and definitely worth a visit. There are just too many people and it’s difficult to take photos without anyone in the background.

If you walk right up to the top, the crowd thins out and the views are incredible. Be prepared for some serious walking uphill though.
Written 9 February 2024
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Kellan
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
It is beautiful, without a doubt. My recommendation is to go in winter and go as early as possible. Even in the middle of February you have to wade through thousands of tourists who do not understand that it is rude to stop in the middle of a narrow path when there are hundreds of people behind you. The ambiance is entirely ruined by cellphones.

If you do go I recommend doing the entire circuit up the mountain and back. Most tourists do not make it that far so it is much quieter the further up you go.
Written 9 February 2024
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CantBeBothered18
Adelaide, Australia131 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The numerous red arches make this shrine unique. Part way up the steps, you also get a good bird’s eye view of Kyoto. We started at about 9 am and the crowd was not too bad. We walked all the way to the top and back and left at about 10:30am.
Written 6 February 2024
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Maria
Sicily, Italy1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Couples
We've been there at sunset until night. If you don't fear gosths is amazing :-) Quiet and moving. Arriving with light allow you to admire the lake and the woods.
Written 3 February 2024
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