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
This a must-see when you are in Kyoto. Make sure you climb all the way to the top and see the cats living in the interior.
This a must-see when you are in Kyoto. Make sure you climb all the way to the top and see the cats living in the interior. more »
Pretty cool Shrine lots to see but I figured I did not need to do the whole walk which takes a while I’m told. I took the second exit along the way. Very close to the train station for access.
Pretty cool Shrine lots to see but I figured I did not need to do the whole walk which takes a while I’m told. I took the second exit along the way. Very close to the train station for access. more »
It lives up to thy hype! Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most iconic spots in Japan and for good reason. This temple and hike is beautiful. Photos don’t do it justice. The hike took my family about 80 minutes total. We had a 6 year old and a two year old with us and both did well with all the stairs. My two year old did need to be carried from time to time, but mostly going downhill. I would say this is definitely a child friendly activity. The crowd levels were astonishingly lower than I expected. This lead to more time on the path alone and a more peaceful climb. ** I recommend bringing yen on the climb as there are plenty of places to buy bottle water, tea, and even ice cream at the view point. This temple is easily assessable by train and is located just outside of the station. **Disclaimer* My family and I went in spring of 2022 where Japan was still closed to tourist. If you are coming when the county is reopened be prepared for bigger crowds than I experienced
The walk up the mountain through the Tori gates is wonderful, and getting up early to beat the crowds is definitely worthwhile. There are lots of brilliant photo opportunities, and getting there early lets you get the best photos of the iconic gates. There are a few different routes to take, so you can make your visit as long or short as you'd like. Getting to the top in the heat can get uncomfortable though.
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