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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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine Reviews
Arrived here at 8am and the Shrine was relatively quite. I walked the full pathway around the shrine and there were a few people about initially but the further up I went the quieter it became. It is ... more »
Not pleasant at all because it's a queue going up and coming down and apparently it's like this all the time, unless you make it there super early in the morning. I feel so sorry for the locals who ac... more »
Great landmark. So beautiful. Trust me if I say: if you have only one chance to be able to go to Japan, you don't want to skip this place or you'll regret it your whole life. Don't forget to write down your wish on a small plywood and hang it at the shrine wall. Also, drink the water at the entrance! Legend has it that if someone ever drank it and make a wish, your wish will come true and you'll be lucky enough to be able to get to the shrine again someday. Pray for me that someday I will be able to donate to this shrine with my name on one of its gates.
One of the highlights of my trip. If you are a fan of walking, you can save some money and walk from the downtown to this shrine. It is so vibrant and beautiful! It is a large property, so while there were many tourists, they were dispersed well. The most popular part has all the pillars with names written on them. You can hike through the mountain to see the lake and cemetery. It is a great day trip and there are plenty of shops before and after you enter the area so you can grab a souvenir or something to eat if you want.
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