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Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari Taisha serves as the starting point for the hiking trails, covered by densely packed vivid orange gates, that snake up the mountain behind it. This Shinto shrine devoted to Inari, the god of rice, has existed on site since 816 CE and contains several buildings and gates. Visitors hike the paths, which are covered by thousands of parallel donated "torii" gates, to reach the inner shrine halfway up the mountain. Wear comfortable shoes, and stop at the restaurants along the way to sample "abuurage" (fried tofu), considered a favorite food of foxes, the special messengers of Inari. Use our Kyoto itinerary builder to visit Fushimi Inari Taisha on your trip to Kyoto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Go early! I started my hike to the summit Of Mt Imari at 9am and so was able to capture the Torii without other visitors being the photos. Also , this was a sunny day , creating a mix of light and sha...  more »
  • It is one of the places that have to visit in Kyoto. To get an idea of the site, just an hour, but if you want to traverse the corridors more thoroughly, you have to go early. Accessible easily by train from the central station, two stops. It tends to be very crowded. Picturesque.
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  • Incredibly crowded at the start but the further you walk, the more the crowds diminish. Pass the lake and you'll have the place almost to yourself - a really special experience. 
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  • Absolutely amazing Shrine. There is nothing else like this in the world. Day time is a fun experience, but for the best memories, I absolutely recommend coming as late as possible. The shrine is open 24 hours a day, and when I visited at midnight it was one of the most eerie and unforgettable experiences I've ever had. Don't worry, it's Japan, it's safe. Unless you happen to be sensitive to spirits...
  • Magnificent! One of the best experience in Kyoto and it is free! It is better to come as early as possible because the atmosphere is very serene in the morning. Some said that the atmosphere in the evening is magical as well
  • One of the most beautiful shrine I've visited in Japan. The stairs are no joke, but worth all the pain and sweat! The atmosphere is totally different and soothing to the mind. All I can say is, I'll visit Kyoto every time I'm in Japan.
  • A must see in the Kyoto area. Incredibly scenic and mind-blowingly gorgeous even in rainy weather. Reaching the summit of Mt. Inari will take about an hour with a steady pace. The first 1-2 km is loaded with tourists but the upper parts of the path are just as scenic and less busy. There are shuincho stations at the base, middle, and top for stamp collectors.
  • Go early and there are no people, but on the other hand there is a different atmosphere, peaceful and serene. But going later, you get to experience more small food shops and souvenirs and Japanese people dressed in traditional dress. So...to each there own.