Fushimi Inari Shrine

Kyoto, Japan

About Fushimi Inari Shrine In Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto is renowned for its striking path lined with thousands of vermilion torii gates, creating a mesmerizing tunnel that leads up Mount Inari. This Shinto shrine, dedicated to Inari, the god of rice, has become one of the most iconic images of Japan, attracting visitors from around the globe. The gates, known as Senbon Torii, signify the entrance to the sacred and are donated by individuals and businesses, each bearing inscriptions of the donor’s name and the date of donation. The shrine’s origins date back to 711, predating Kyoto’s establishment as the capital, and it holds a significant place in Japanese culture, symbolizing success in business and a good harvest​​​​.

The journey through the gates is not just a visual feast but also a spiritual experience, leading to various smaller shrines and offering spots where visitors can engage in traditional practices like purchasing Omikuji, paper fortunes that can be tied onto the shrine if unfavorable, symbolizing leaving the bad luck behind. The shrine complex also features Ema plaques and paper cranes, symbols of wishes and hopes, adding a deeply personal touch to the visit. The hike up the mountain can take about 2-3 hours, offering serene views of Kyoto and a deeper exploration of the shrine’s extensive grounds​​​​.

Visiting Fushimi Inari Taisha provides an unforgettable experience, combining natural beauty, cultural richness, and a deep sense of tranquility. It stands out as a testament to Japan’s enduring traditions and the personal connections people make with the divine.

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Fushimi Inari Shrine Reviews

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Eduardo Gutierrez
It was a beautiful place. So many Tori gates. We went pretty late around 5pm. The place still had quite a lot of people but worth ever since gone step. The hike to the top is worth it and beautiful. The sunset was pretty amazing as well. At the beginning there are a lot of food places if you get hungry. They are very tasteful.
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Shizuka Minamoto
As a tourist who loves this country and appreciates, respects the Japanese people, I also please everyone to learn about Japanese culture and respect this place. Please don't be so loud as there are locals living nearby. You can go either right or left, there is a sign there, please read it. If you want to avoid crowds, come at 7am.It's a beautiful and very peaceful place.
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狐鸣
One of the most picturesque places in all of Japan. If you're planning to hike up the mountain, be prepared for a 1 hour+ hike up and down. The real hike starts when you see the forest turning dark. There are many crossroads that can be easily manageable by reading the maps. For photo ops, try to reach the higher parts of the mountain where the crowds have thinned out. There are lots of places to catch a breather in between. Overall it was a great nature hike.
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Kathryn Medrow
A must see if you’re going to Kyoto. Everyone says to get there early and that’s definitely true, but even if you get there a bit later in the day you can avoid crowds by walking 15-20 min. Most people don’t climb up that far so the crowds dissipate quick. I got there around 10am on a weekday, first photo at the beginning and second pic 20 min in. It also gets more gorgeous as you go up - the full walk is about a 3mile loop and I recommend going all the way to the top. Also don’t miss the street food near the entrance - delicious and reasonably priced.
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G Lee
You need to see this attraction. Yes, it's a little away from wherever you're probably staying. And there's not a whole lot else around here, but these gates are very cool and I doubt you'll see anything like it anywhere else.Bonus points if you go on the hike all the way to the top. It's not actually a peak, but rather you hike around the top. No view, just stairs, tori gates, and shrines. Still, it's not only a great accomplishment, but it's cool.Pro tip: Hike way up and then take photos. You'll avoid the mass of crowds. Go as far as you can, and it gets thinner of people. Guaranteed.