Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) located in Kyoto is famous with thousands of torii gates, which is located behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.


Gate at the shrine’s entrance
Fushimi Inari is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice. It is said that foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers. As a result , many fox statues around the shrine grounds.
First of all, most of the visitors come to Fushimi Inari Shrine is to explore the mountain trails.
At the very back of the shrine’s main grounds is the entrance to the torii gate-covered hiking trail also called as Senbon Torii (“thousands of torii gates”).
Most of all torii gates are donated by individuals or companies. You can locate the donator information behind the torii.
You can also hike to the summit of the mountain and it takes around 2-3 hours.
While visitors are free to walk just as far as we want, we can also turn back anytime.
Meanwhile, there are also a few restaurants along the way, which serves good local food such as Inari, Kitsune Udon(“Fox Udon”), or aburaage (fried tofu).

After 30-45 minute hiking, you will reach the Yotsutsuji intersection where you can enjoy some nice views over Kyoto. Most of the travelers stop here and return to the main gate.

View from the Yotsutsuji intersection

Access

Fushimi Inari Shrine is located at JR Inari Station. 5 minutes, 140 yen from Kyoto Station using JR Nara Line.

Hours:  Always open
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free
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