Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto

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Fushimi Inari-taisha is the head shrine of the kami Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 764 feet above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometres and take approximately 2 hours to walk up.

The main shrine structure was built in 1499. At the bottom of the hill are the main gate and the main shrine. Behind them, in the middle of the mountain, the inner shrine is reachable by a path lined with thousands of torii. To the top of the mountain are tens of thousands of mounds for private worship.

The highlight of the shrine is the rows of torii gates, known as Senbon Torii. The custom to donate a torii started to spread since the Edo period (1603 – 1868) to get a wish to become true or to thank for a wish that became true. Along the main path there are around 1,000 torii gates.

The shrine is open 24 hours with both the approach to the shrine and the Honden itself illuminated all night. There is no entrance fee.

  • A very unique shrine due to the torii gates, definitely worth walking the trail if time allows.
  • Visibility to the sunset can be very limited due to the large amount of trees planted on the mountain and also the torii gates. There are some locations on the mountain with nice view of the sunset together with the iconic torii gates, you need some patience to find those spots.
  • The shrine is just outside the Inari Station on the Nara Line of the West Japan Railway Company (JR), a five-minute ride from Kyoto Station. It is a short walk from Fushimi-Inari Station on the Main Line of the Keihan Electric Railway.
  • There can be a big crowd near the main gate and main shrine. As you move uphill, there are less and less people because it is quite a long hike and most tourists don’t have the time or patience to finish the trail.
Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto
Photo Source: Manuel Lao
Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto
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