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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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  • The numerous Tori gates set the scene and create a visual experience that ALMOST makes you forget that you are climbing up a mountain (a tall one too!). All the way up and some of the way down these.....  more »
  • One of Kyoto’s oldest historic landmarks!!The most important Inari Shinto shrine in Japan. It’s FREE (no charge) & so is the parking (parking attendants direct the parking). Stunning Romon Gate, Main....  more »
  • This is a Kyoto gem and a must see when visiting Kyoto. It can get really crowded (pre covid) and therefore recommend to go early.  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.
  • Absolutely breathtaking. My Japanese friend and I climbed all the way to top during a hot summer's day in Aug. 2016. Love taking pictures of all of the scenic sights. It was also great cardio due to it being so steep. One of my favorite places when I visited Japan in 2016. There are also a couple of shops along the way for travelers to get snacks and/or beverages.
  • One of the most -if not the most- popular shrine in Kyoto for foreign and domestic tourist perhaps. Maybe in Japan altogether, as I see the famous shrine's senbontorii in almost all video promoting Japan tourism. Well for me, the shrine definitely lived up to its reputation. It was very magnificent and majestic. The fox statues all around the temple is a sight to behold. The shrine and its ground are already huge, and crowded of course (even in low season), but the larger part, the part that everyone awaits for lies behind the shrine. Yes, the thousands torii gates. On the foot of the mountain, is where most of the gates are located and it makes for a very picturesque and thematic location. This is where most of the crowds would be, so it will be hard to take a photo of yourself without interruption as everyone also seeks the moment. After that, where the fun part comes in, to hike, or not to hike? Be prepared, wear a comfortable walking/hiking shoes if you decides to hike, since it is quite the trip and the steps is as steep as they come. My suggestion is to hike only up to the conjunction where you could get a clear sky view of Kyoto, unless you're an explorer, since there is no more panoramic view on the summit.
  • Amazing, beautiful and unique place. You will not find anything like this anywhere else. Not much to say that can't be seen from pictures to get an idea. The tori gates go way up the mountain and can take over two hours to get to the top. Also great at night with way less people, which I've yet to try.

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