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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  • It is worth getting up early! We were about 7 o'clock there umd then almost alone and were able to enjoy the special atmosphere of this. 3 hours later at departure it was already populated by school classes and coaches at the entrance.
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  • I would recommend going earlier in the day as the place gets very crowded. My partner and I went at 11am on a Thursday morning and it was extremely busy! When walking through the first few orange tori...  more »
  • Easy train trip to get there than a great walk that could be done in an hour. If you are looking for some great food either before or after the walk to the shrine there is a local food market serving ...  more »
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  • One of the really pretty places that a lot of people love to visit wearing kimonos because of the photo-opp. The opportunity is real and try to catch the magic hour so that you make the most of it. When you get to the pillars, spend some time in walking all the way behind to the second row of pillars. Far better spots there. An extremely calm and relaxing space for those who’re not looking just for shots.
  • The shrine is exactly as it looks, endless amounts of gates to walk through and great places to explore the deeper you go. Getting there is best done by train, from Kyoto station on the Nara line. The shrine has its own station and the announcement for it is specifically done in English, which is really considerate of JR. If you want the best experience, get here early as there are so many people towards mid-morning to midday. Your other option is to go really far along the walk, where less people bother going. But if you don't mind crowds you can still go during normal times and being Japan everyone is considerate enough to not interrupt your photo. I'm not sure if this is a constant occurrence, but there is a whole line of food stalls near the entrance of the shrine, which is a great place to have lunch.
  • Super Iconic location. Go early obviously. We got there at 7:30am and it was a perfect time, when we left at 10:30am there were so many people you could barely move. Try not to be a silly tourist here. Enjoy the actual trip up the mountain. It is not about the destination, its about the journey in this instance. I saw so many other tourists rushing trying to get to the top, they probably didn’t enjoy it for what it was. I literally heard two guys saying “lets hurry up, I feel like it’s going to get better” unfortunately for those guys, it’s pretty much the best at the bottom of the hill, and they basically ran through it. Wear comfy shoes and take a few snacks and water as you will want to keep exploring the trails once you get amongst the park, it’s a very special area.
  • Highly recommended to go there at evening, like 7pm. As the sun gets down and tourists and sellers leave you will have the whole place for yourself and other less commercial travelers. The best experience! The trail looks incredible lit only with lanterns and the hike is much more pleasant without the heat of the sun. A wonderful night time panoramas of the Kyoto are a bonus. Magical!
  • Oh my god I love this place! As previous reviews have said come here early (I was at 7.30am there and I’m glad I did because around 9am it was getting crowded) and wear comfy light sportswear because it’s a long walk upwards and lots of stairs. I took my time, tried to observe what’s around me and enjoyed the view once you’ve reached its peak. Many people were rushing it as if they were on a marathon but I really recommend just to be patient and take your time. However the greenery around you and walking along the toori path with those red wooden gates was just an amazing experience. I enjoyed it very much :)
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