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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.
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine Reviews
One of the really pretty places that a lot of people love to visit wearing kimonos because of the photo-opp. The opportunity is real and try to catch the magic hour so that you make the most of it. When you get to the pillars, spend some time in walking all the way behind to the second row of pillars. Far better spots there. An extremely calm and relaxing space for those who’re not looking just for shots.
The shrine is exactly as it looks, endless amounts of gates to walk through and great places to explore the deeper you go. Getting there is best done by train, from Kyoto station on the Nara line. The shrine has its own station and the announcement for it is specifically done in English, which is really considerate of JR. If you want the best experience, get here early as there are so many people towards mid-morning to midday. Your other option is to go really far along the walk, where less people bother going. But if you don't mind crowds you can still go during normal times and being Japan everyone is considerate enough to not interrupt your photo. I'm not sure if this is a constant occurrence, but there is a whole line of food stalls near the entrance of the shrine, which is a great place to have lunch.
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