Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kyoto

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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine 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 tour app to visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine on your trip to Kyoto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • 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...  more »
  • It's relatively quieter in the morning before the tourests arrives. The entire place is really peaceful. Very nice early morning walk.  more »
  • It was nice when there is nobody around not too crowded as half of the world is on a lockdown. But as based on older photos it was very crowded.  more »
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  • Most of the pictures here were taken during daytime. I went here at night and it was really peaceful and serene. It was therapeutic too and it gave me time to reflect in what I do and what I want in life. If you want your personal time and time to reflect, I really recommend going here early morning or from 7pm onwards. but never forget to respect the guardians' statues around and avoid touching things. climb slowly, look around, breathe, and reflect. This was one of my most memorable experiences in Japan and sharing these pictures to you all to have a glimpse of how it looks like at night. *it was not scary at all, and it was calm and therapeutic
  • If you don’t like crowds or want a quieter experience go there around 3 and start your climb around 4/5pm. The thing is you can climb to the peak of Mt Inari at any time of the day or night. I got there at 3 pm walked around saw the vendors, ate some street food, grabbed a water (don’t worry if you forget there are a ton of vending machines along the way) then started my climb around 4pm. I happened to stop at the mid point and thought I was at the top so I decided to stop and watch the sunset. I then realized I was still 20 min from the peak. So I kept walking and that is when I discovered that the whole path is lit from bottom to peak. It’s was a beautifully eerie hike up and I am so glad I did it later , no crowds and I got the best of both worlds. A night view of Kyoto from the look out points and a sunset view. The only catch to not going during the day is that there are small shops and a few cafes along the way. One or two were still open but for the most part they were closed for the day. They did all seem to sell the same stuff as the bottom shops though. I had a great time at the temple and will never forget my amazing hike!
  • Absolutely incredible spiritual and physical experience. Easily accessible from Kyoto station. Get an early start and give yourself the day to enjoy this adventure. Packing water and snacks in advised though there will be a few vending machines. I walked everyday leading up to this hike and felt incredibly energized scaling those steps and exploring the different routes. Please know your own body because this is a serious hike and I saw a few people who were not having a good time of it. There are several looped paths of various difficulty and a path to the summit. Be respectful as this is also a pilgrimage site. Seemingly thousands of Kitsune statues and Shrines, and watch your head for large low hanging spiders! There was some fun gift shopping at the base. I ended up skipping the train home and walking back to Kyoto city center.. as mentioned, I felt renewed and empowered. During my stay in Kyoto I met two friends who decided to hike part of this route at night (I did not go with), they said it was spooky and fun but didn't go very far in. I would NOT do that due to the wild boars, monkeys, and who knows what else.
  • Absolute MUST SEE in Kyoto. Five minutes away from Kyoto station, you can go there using your JR PASS. Put on some comfortable shoes, cause there are A LOT of stairs to climb. The place is amazing, worth every minute you spend there. I encourage you to get to the top! There are many vending machines on the way up. Try to go in the early morning when there are fewer crowds. Personally, I went at around 3 pm, and while the crowds where huge at the bottom I encountered few people at the top. Returned at 8pm when it was dark. There are lights along the way, but it’s a little bit scary if you are alone 😥🤫. Beware of wild boars 🐗 and other animals, but if you stay on the path everything is good. ⛩💯
  • This Shinto Shrine was especially enjoyable because it wasn't just a walk up, see shrine, and leave. It had an amazing hike with views and small shrines throughout. The hike was a moderate climb, but easily doable. There were stations along the hike with food, drink, and souvenirs. The bright orange contrasts beautifully against the rock and greenery of the area. This is a cannot miss experience for Kyoto!

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