Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto

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Fushimi Inari Taisha 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 on your trip to Kyoto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • you will pass through hundreds of Tori to reach the top and the temple! what happiness! We did it on 1 January with tens of hundreds of thousands of Japanese and it's a wonderful tradition!
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  • This is quite awesome, the walk under the red arches is an experience not to be missed. It’s quite a hike so be prepared  more »
  • Our visit here was on a rainy day and it was still spectacular. Its well worth the time to visit this shrine while in Kyoto!  more »
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  • A bit crowded, but it had kind of a WOW effect. The climb up the mountain is certainly worth it. When you reach the top it gives a bit of personal satisfaction because most people stop halfway through, since there is only a small shrine at the top and no view to speak of it was kind of anticlimactic. It might be more fun to go up until you reach the lake viewpoint and have some tea and ice cream there.
  • I've never been in a place this beautiful. It's just unbelievable. If there's a place in this world I would give 6 or 7 stars, I would choose this temple. It rained all the way up (and all the way down), but we almost didn't get wet thanks to the 1000 wooden doors. If it's raining, it's worth it anyways. We made it to the top, where you can stop to take photos without being surrounded by tourists, so if you want to take photos without anyone ruining your shots, wait to the top, don't waste your time or other's time stopping to take some pics just at the beginning, you'll have the occasion later. We came here two times, one during the day and the second one at night, after visiting Nara. At night is chilly and kind of spooky, but it's worth your time anyways. Enjoy.
  • Nice spot for people watching and taking in the local culture. Really enjoyed the walk up the mountain. Went during the off season and it was still really busy. Give yourself a few hours to adventure around this shrine. Lots of great food vendors right outside for a special treat after your hike.
  • This is an absolute tourist attraction in Kyoto. Right next to Fushimi Inari station and along the walk path to the shrine, plenty of local foods will be at your finger tips. The walk can take up to 2hours if you are going up all the way to the top but it is also good enough at the half way. You can take beautiful pictures from Torii (The red gates) but need to be there either early or go to the top where people wouldn't come up normally. There is no entrance fee since the shrine is one of richest in Japan (what I heard).
  • If you're visiting Kyoto for the first time, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you also visit Fushimi-Inari Taisha. The beautiful temple complex with its pathways of thousands of red toriis is so iconic that it became the default image of Japan in the mind of travelers. Come in early in the morning for less crowds. If you enter via the bus stop side, you will also find food stalls near the entrance.

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