One of the most visited attractions in Kyoto is Fushimi Inari-Taisha, the shrine famous for it’s thousands of tightly placed torii gates set along it’s beautiful hiking trails around the shrine grounds.
The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 23 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.
To visitors of Japan the shrine is a must see for it’s unique structures and rich heritage, but to the locals of Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is a very important Shinto Shrine.
The beautiful orange torii gates are all donated by individuals or companies. On the back side of the gates you will find the donator’s name and date of donation. The cost of donation starts are around 400,000 Yen for a small sized gate, and increases to over one million for a large gate!!
The grounds of Fushimi Inari are just beautiful, with trails broken up by stunning lakes and rivers, as well as smaller sacred sights where you can see much smaller torii gates that are donated by individuals with smaller budgets.
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The shrine grounds includes many hiking trails, if you’re planning to walk around most of the grounds I would definitely recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes to walk around in.
Many of the trails are on an incline, especially the first trails you will find at the foremost of the grounds, so make sure you’re prepared to get sweaty, and bring lots of water with you!
To completed the total hike could take around 2 to 3 hours, however you can turn around and come back at any point.
Fushimi Inari is located just outside the JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto along the JR Nara Line. The shrine can also be reached in a short walk from Fushimi Inari Station along the Keihan Main Line.
The shrine is always open and is free to access. Many cafes and restaurants, as well as souvenir shops line the streets from the station to the shrine, and are a great place to grab some gifts or a snack on your way out of the shrine.
If you’re there on a hot day like we were I would definitely recommend the dipping dots ice-cream on your way out.
68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi Ward
Kyoto 612-0882, Japan