Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This shrine is one of many located throughout Japan that was built to honor Inari, the Shinto god of rice.
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Neighbourhood: Southern Kyoto
Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.
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  • Wei W
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    amazing
    miles and miles of tori gates leading up a mountain. Even more amazing at night-open 24 hours, we went twice in our short 3 day trip to Kyoto because we loved it so much. A lot of side hiking trails leading up to tiny shrines and statues.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Majajing
    Culver City, California88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take your time walking the Shrine
    It's a trek without knowing it. Make sure to use proper shoes and go early if you are going during the summer. It gets hot and you will be gulping water. But the place is serene and peaceful. It better to get the pictures on the way down, less people in the way.
    Visited July 2022
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Chris W
    Budapest, Hungary543 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I didn't realise everyone is an international model
    The scenery is amazing. Right near a JR train line. However if you go in peak times you will have to wait for nobodies who think they're models to finish their photoshoots under the gates for you to take your one photo. Sigh. As everyone else has said, the earlier you go the better, unless your phone has the magic eraser functionality like mine does.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Rosemarie P
    South West England, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An experience not to be missed
    Going through the 10000 gates, climbing the 12000 steps up to 230m top is so worth the effort. An absolutely stunning experience. So much to see. So many shrines within this climb. The ice creams, the drinks, the food, all outstanding. Loved it
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Phillip R
    Sydney, Australia91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See Kyoto site
    The Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine is a must visit if you are in Kyoto. There are thousands of Tori Gates to walk through. I did not do the whole thing as it was getting dark. I went in the evening in the hope of missing crowds and I would recommend this - go early or late and avoid the masses ( unless you want annoying millennials in all your photos).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Mcnaccas
    Auckland Central, New Zealand88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must do in Kyoto
    What an amazing experience! We caught the train out to this stunning shrine not really appreciating the sheer scale of it. Hundreds of visitors were at the base wandering around the temples and stalls. The torii gates are crowded at the base and not great for taking Insta worthy photos but walk a little further up and after 20minutes you have the time and space for wonderful photos and the opportunity to take in the surrounds. We walked all the way to the top - suggest cool clothes and appropriate walking shoes and water if visiting in summer, it was hot and humid! Great sense of accomplishment upon doing the round trip which took about 1 hour allowing for photo stops and pausing at the many shrines along the way.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Megumi H
    Finland451 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Made it!
    I have visited the shrine twice, at night and hiked to the summit the next morning. The night visit was worth it, few visitors and the famous senbon torii is quite atmospheric. The next day we started the walk around 8am and there were already a lot of people. On the way back we took the downhill trail to Tofukuji. I can recommend this trail. Along the way there is an abandoned moss-covered sub shrine which was my favorite. You will pass a small bamboo forest, too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Hudsonmccraw
    Virginia Beach, Virginia3,623 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing experience
    We had an amazing experience going to Fushimi Inari. It was a place that we’ve wanted to visit for a long time, and to finally be able to do such was a real privilege. Walking a good portion of the path to the summit of Inari, was a delight in itself. The pictures on the internet don’t do justice to this iconic shrine. One must come here to experience Fushimi in person. It exceeded our expectations, and we had a blast.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Keep climbing up
    Fushimi Inari Taisha is an iconic destination, but the timing matters. Avoiding Sunday afternoons might be wise due to the crowds. To fully appreciate the experience, climb to the upper levels. While physically demanding, it rewards you with a more serene atmosphere and the chance to relish the spiritual ambiance. Embrace the journey and immerse yourself in the sacred allure of Fushimi Inari Taisha.
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Pasi J
    Espoo, Finland63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit – and to avoid the crowds, simply climb higher
    Yes, this is the one with all those torii gates, and an obvious Kyoto must. Inari is Japanese for fox, and there’s plenty of fox statues all over. When entering the torii path please try to soothe your inner instagrammer for a while as it is very annoying when everyone stops everyone else for that perfect pic during the first section of the path. The pathway is impressive so just look around, take it all in, and climb a bit higher as there’s plenty of gates left and crowds get thinner soon. We were here quite late, probably beat the worst rush hours, and got quite magnificent sunset views instead. Local train’s handy when coming here from the centre of Kyoto.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
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Pitmedden, UK445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This Shinto shrine is dominated by the 10k red Torii gates. These apparently lead up to the top of the mountain, so I only went along those near the shrine, which is what most people were doing. Otherwise it's a nicely presented red shrine and gates.
Written June 14, 2024
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Leo L
Denver, CO5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Fushimi Inari Shrine is an enchanting experience with its thousands of vibrant torii gates. The hiking trails offer breathtaking views of Kyoto. Be prepared for crowds, especially near the entrance.
Written June 9, 2024
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ameliashiner
London, UK649 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Absolutely stunningly beautiful forest with pathways up the mountain, guided by thousands of orange Tori gates.
There are so many tourists at the base of this site, but as you climb higher and higher up the mountain to the top, the numbers thin out allowing you to appreciate the space and beauty of this special location
Written June 8, 2024
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan2,811 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The shrine is a must-visit when you visit Kyoto. The shrine is situated on a mountain and it takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to get to the top of the mountain. You walk through a tunnel of toriis as you climb to the top. The tunnel of toriis is a sight to behold. Each torii were donated by corporations throughout Japan and bear their names and addresses on them. Although it was low-season for domestic tourists, there were many students from school trips and foreign tourists.
Written June 6, 2024
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Bernard W
Dallas, TX1,905 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
As is pretty typical, shops selling food, souvenirs, clothes, and more line the road to the entrance to this popular shrine. Starting at $4000 each, businessmen have donated 10,000 of vermillion gates to honor Inari, the diety of rice and sake. This shrine is in a sake-making district. There is a path through the gates, which is interesting to walk through that leads to the forest of the sacred Mount Inari. One need not walk the entire length as there are sections where one can return to the starting place. At one of the stops is Omokaru-ishi, a stone for fortune-telling. If you can lift the stone, you are vigorous. Must be a lot of vigorous visitors.
Note the Japanese lettering on each torii about the donation of it.
The main hall is huge and when we were there for the once-a-year Cherry Blossom Festival on April 7, 2024, there were elaborate ceremonies in the main shrine hall. This is the Head shrine of the Inari shrines. There is prayer for light and prosperity and protector of Samurai warriors. We were here for 3 hours.
Written June 5, 2024
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AChee74
Kuching, Malaysia1,290 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Getting there by train is easy. Lots of people and everyone is looking to get the great Insta picture.

The higher you go, there will be least people and better chances of getting the great pictures that you wanted
Written June 4, 2024
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MichaelLindaG
Highbridge, UK449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is definitely a must when you visit Kyoto, a little out of the way but well worth the effort. We managed to see a small ritual, which added to the whole experience. It was a very hot so did not make it to the top of the mountain, but still a great experience. Walking through the tori gates is very inspiring.
Written June 2, 2024
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Franziska K
Mulhouse, France144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Must-do when in Kyoto. Very impressive walk along thousands of toris. Even when you think it's the end, the toris still continue. Recommended to go there early morning (we were there at 7:30 am and could take pictures with nobody else on the photo). When we left around 9/9:30 am everything was crowded.
Written June 1, 2024
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raetrip
Vancouver, Canada317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We arrived at 7am as we heard it gets busy and that is true. The stalls were just setting up with souvenirs and food. There were school groups which added to the number of people. We hiked to the top, about 450 steps. There are portions that are flat, and many people stop part way. There is not a view from the top, but it's cool to make it. The hike is mostly through forest, so it didn't get hot. A beautiful experience overall.
Written June 1, 2024
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Samantha L
New York City, NY6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It was unexpectedly fantastic! During my one-day trip to Kyoto, I was concerned it might be overly crowded with tourists, creating a hectic atmosphere – the exact opposite of what I was seeking. You can truly savor the wind, listen to the crunch of bamboo as they sway and collide in the breeze, and discover inari statues, some adorned with moss, telling tales of time. The trail ascends to the mountain's peak, a roughly two-hour journey.
Written June 1, 2024
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