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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
The shrine is a great experience and workout if you're keen to go to the top. Located directly outside the Inari train station (JR line, 2 stops from Kyoto). We got there early around 7.30am there... more »
We arrived at Fushimi Inari around 6pm, so it's not yet that dark, but not really light as well... a twilight of sorts and it was magical (check the photo). I recommend visiting at around this time... more »
Fantastic. You should be there at least twice. If you got more free time, then, 3 hours or 5 hours are best to see there. Note: too many hot photo site it is good to prepare big battery. Plus: you can see the main city area. That's another good thing. Nice view.
Pro tip - don't worry about taking the perfect photo in the beginning! There are endless tori gates with much fewer people the further up you go! This place is amazing. There is no central building to steal the show, but the whole place is so unique that it can make you walk around and observe in awe for hours. Do wear comfortable shoes though, as the walk is quite long and there are loads of steps to climb.
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