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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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine reviews
Easily accessible by train from Kyoto station, right next to Inari station. Breathtakingly beautiful area. Did not walk all the way to the top due to September heat and high humidity but even so...
Easily accessible by train from Kyoto station, right next to Inari station. Breathtakingly beautiful area. Did not walk all the way to the top due to September heat and high humidity but even so... more »
The place is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The street packed with food stalls and souvenir stores on the way to the shrine was especially nice. The trip to the summit can be a little...
The place is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The street packed with food stalls and souvenir stores on the way to the shrine was especially nice. The trip to the summit can be a little... more »
An amazing shrine to visit in Kyoto, must see. Plenty of shops on the way to the shrine if you'd like to pick up a souvenir. Next time, I hope to go through more of the gates.
An amazing shrine to visit in Kyoto, must see. Plenty of shops on the way to the shrine if you'd like to pick up a souvenir. Next time, I hope to go through more of the gates. more »
Simply a magical place... The best place I've been in Japan. I suggest to go early in the morning to avoid crowds and watch the sunrise. The get on top is more than an hour for sure but it's worth it! Such a beautiful place to see in a lifetime. Puts your life in perspective if you can take a time to immerse yourself in this area.... It's must for anyone visiting japan.... Photo ops are everywhere....
Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the largest and most iconic Shinto shrines in Kyoto Japan. It is well known for it's thousands of beautiful tall red tori gates, which lead into a scenic wooded forest trail. Beautiful Fox statues representing messengers can be found all over the shrine grounds. Many of the visitors veer off the main trail and enjoy the colorful landscape of trees, flowers and water. It is definitely a place to highlight on your itinerary while in Kyoto.
It lives up to thy hype! Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most iconic spots in Japan and for good reason. This temple and hike is beautiful. Photos don’t do it justice. The hike took my family about 80 minutes total. We had a 6 year old and a two year old with us and both did well with all the stairs. My two year old did need to be carried from time to time, but mostly going downhill. I would say this is definitely a child friendly activity. The crowd levels were astonishingly lower than I expected. This lead to more time on the path alone and a more peaceful climb. ** I recommend bringing yen on the climb as there are plenty of places to buy bottle water, tea, and even ice cream at the view point. This temple is easily assessable by train and is located just outside of the station. **Disclaimer* My family and I went in spring of 2022 where Japan was still closed to tourist. If you are coming when the county is reopened be prepared for bigger crowds than I experienced
Your trip to Japan is not complete if you don’t visit this shrine for it is one of the iconic attractions in Japan. It is worth visiting when you want to experience mountain trails and the shrine building itself is attractive and historically significant for Japanese people. When you visit the shrine you will feel relax even though there’s a lot of people for they keep in mind that it is a sacred area. Just a tip if you want to avoid the crowd visit early to more appreciate the area. Don’t forget to purify yourself first (wash your hand) before entering the shrine. There is also a lot of stores where you can buy souvenirs and food.
We went during night time and experienced the whole spectrum of emotions. Tranquility, peace, sense of connection, appreciation and immense feeling of beauty. And then we've met a bunch of Japanese boars - turned out to be way more fun than Disneyland - as neither of us were happy to see each other. Adrenaline was pumping. Anyway. If you are there during night time, i can assure you that the signs warning about wildlife ARE REAL.
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