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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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  • Went here last Monday, nice to see the history and culture of old Japan, the tori gates were a sight to behold, my wife got tired and just stayed at station 7, i walked all the way up to station 14, a...  more »
  • A large shrine, a gorgeous mountain-top and a bamboo forest, what else can you ask for? The area is free, and it was a very nice view into the Japanese culture. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • You'll read about the many attractive qualities of this place and they are true, but here are a few very useful tips. This place has free admission and never closes so plan to go during non touristy h...  more »
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  • This area will give you a nice glimpse into some Japanese culture. The site is quite nice. We spent about 5 hours walking around this site. Wear comfortable shoes! There are step everywhere. The activity tracker had us at 6mi and 63 flights of stairs! There is an outdoor market to buy food and other things, such as engraved chop sticks as souvenirs.
  • Several shrines spread out over a hill and connected by stairs and paved paths which are entirely covered, from start to finish, with bright red arches. Free entrance. You will find small shops next to the shrines that sell insence and some simple food items. It's a pretty steady climb to the top if you are not in good shape. If you have been traveling and hiking for a while like me, you'll be fine. The entrance road is lined with food and souvenir stalls, prices are a bit steep for a backpacker though. It's definitely an unusual thing and one of a kind thing to see; all these red arches. I didn't like it that much though because I think they overdid it on the arches; obstructing the view on the beautiful surrounding forest and I have seen to many temples in my 8 months of travel. It gets very busy here so be prepared and come early. You will need some time to complete the loop track.
  • No need to explain it too much. This is a must-see in Kyoto. It is beautiful and free. But be prepared if you want to climb the whole site. It is quite tough and long so prepared shoes and water. However if you do not have time, you can visit until half way or a quarter, which would be enough to have a good experience. I recommend to come really early in the high seasons. Also be patient to take the pictures.
  • Definitely a must-see in Kyoto. It's highly rated for a reason, and that reason is that even if you're a bit bored of hiking, or of seeing thousands of Tori, you can't escape the fact that this place is awe-strikingly beautiful. There are some off-path areas, such as the bamboo walkway that are all sorts of peaceful and quiet. The various Fox shrines around the are lovely, views as you climb are great. Be prepared to be a good human and take lots of pictures of each other!
  • Love love love this Shrine. Loads to see. Come at day or night and enjoy the views, sights and serenity. Go all the way up and enjoy the views of the city. There are hard tracks and easier tracks. You can stay on the main paths or explore some smaller ones. You can definitely make a day out of it. Very peaceful and if your lucky you will see some beautiful wildlife (including some wild cats).