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Fushimi Inari

The Fushimi Inari is the most important kami Inari-dedicated Shinto shrine in the country, one of the most famous Shinto shrines of Kyoto and one of the most visited places.

It is located about 5 km south of Kyoto station, surrounded by a hill that reaches a peak height of 233 meters, and where there are several very popular paths.
approach to the fushimi inari taisha kyoto the approach to the shrine
The main attraction of this place is not so much the shrine itself, whose main buildings are located at the base of the hill and however are worth a brief visit, but above all the trails ("tunnels") under hundreds of torii (sacred Shinto gates) that make the walk very special. Each of these torii has been donated by someone, in fact, on the back of each of them you can find writings indicating the name and the date of donation.
beginning of the paths under the torii at the fushimi inari taisha kyoto the starting point of the trails under the sacred torii, initially they're two, then they merge
under the torii fushimi inari taisha kyoto under the torii fushimi inari taisha kyoto along the trails under the torii
It takes at least two hours to reach the top of the hill, to which you have to add the time to go back.
The majority of people don't reach the end of the trails, but stops at the Yotsutsuji intersection (or even earlier), a place that is located around half way up, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of a part of the city of Kyoto. From then on, the torii begin to decrease and the path becomes a little steeper.
Along the way, you can find some tea house, restaurants, and small Shinto buildings belonging to the temple. You can also take the path after dark as there are lanterns to light the way.
view of kyoto from the hill fushimi inari taisha the city of Kyoto from the hill during the day
fushimi inari taisha at night covered with snow kyoto bonus photo: the shrine in the evening covered with snow (photo taken from

Sleeping, where to stay near the Fushimi Inari

It isn't an area where I recommend to stay, because of the low supply of hotel and the position, it is too isolated from the rest of the city.

Eating, where to eat near the Fushimi Inari

As I previously wrote, along the route to go up the hill of Fushimi Inari can find some small restaurants and stalls selling various japanese foods and snacks, for example the inarizushi, sheets of fried tofu stuffed with rice, which according to tradition were a favourite food for the foxes, a sacred animal which often represents the kami Inari, the deity to whom the shrine is dedicated.
At the Yotsutsuji intersection you can also find a tea-house.

Pratical guide, how to get to the Fushimi Inari and map

A short walk from the Fushimi Inari shrine and the famous torii, there are two stations:

Inari station, served by the JR Nara line, you can reach it from Kyoto station in 5 minutes (140 YEN). Pay attetion: only the "Local trains" of the Nara line stop at Inari station.

Fushimi Inari station, served by the Keihan Main Line, a line that is almost useless for a turist, maybe just if you come from Osaka, anyway, in 99.9% of cases, the best solution is the JR Nara line.

View Kyoto Fushimi Inari in a larger map

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Rakuten Travel Experiences.

How to use Rakuten Travel Experiences

Rakuten Travel is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Rakuten Travel you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Rakuten Travel you can also buy tickets for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

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