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
Very interesting place, and great atmosphere. BUT... this is a place of worship, so don't act like so many jerk tourists! I saw Russian eating sandwiches in front of the "no food allowed" sign... more »
I missed visiting this shrine on my last visit to Kyoto in 2018 and I was not going to miss it again. It was definitely worth the wait and I am glad that we spent the best part of a day here as there.... more »
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!
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