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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  • A popular place in Kyoto, but the further you ran more peaceful it was. You come against small temples along the way and there is also opportunity to buy something to drink on the go. The yellow route takes over 2 hours by the many steps.
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  • The torii gates are as beautiful as in the photos you see of them. Peaceful hike and beautiful shots if you go early enough to beat the crowd (reach latest by 8am). The gates r nicer taken from backwa...  more »
  • So we went there at around 10am and there were already a lot of people. It‘s probably better to go earlier but it didn‘t botheret us too much because the area is quiet big. At the beginning of the pat...  more »
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  • This area will give you a nice glimpse into some Japanese culture. The site is quite nice. We spent about 5 hours walking around this site. Wear comfortable shoes! There are step everywhere. The activity tracker had us at 6mi and 63 flights of stairs! There is an outdoor market to buy food and other things, such as engraved chop sticks as souvenirs.
  • Several shrines spread out over a hill and connected by stairs and paved paths which are entirely covered, from start to finish, with bright red arches. Free entrance. You will find small shops next to the shrines that sell insence and some simple food items. It's a pretty steady climb to the top if you are not in good shape. If you have been traveling and hiking for a while like me, you'll be fine. The entrance road is lined with food and souvenir stalls, prices are a bit steep for a backpacker though. It's definitely an unusual thing and one of a kind thing to see; all these red arches. I didn't like it that much though because I think they overdid it on the arches; obstructing the view on the beautiful surrounding forest and I have seen to many temples in my 8 months of travel. It gets very busy here so be prepared and come early. You will need some time to complete the loop track.
  • No need to explain it too much. This is a must-see in Kyoto. It is beautiful and free. But be prepared if you want to climb the whole site. It is quite tough and long so prepared shoes and water. However if you do not have time, you can visit until half way or a quarter, which would be enough to have a good experience. I recommend to come really early in the high seasons. Also be patient to take the pictures.
  • Definitely a must-see in Kyoto. It's highly rated for a reason, and that reason is that even if you're a bit bored of hiking, or of seeing thousands of Tori, you can't escape the fact that this place is awe-strikingly beautiful. There are some off-path areas, such as the bamboo walkway that are all sorts of peaceful and quiet. The various Fox shrines around the are lovely, views as you climb are great. Be prepared to be a good human and take lots of pictures of each other!
  • Loved this place. So beautiful walking through the woods and the torii gates. Much more of a hike than I expected-some lovely views on the way up. I went early (arrived at about 7.30am) and would recommend this! It's so peaceful. When I left at 10am it was already getting pretty crowded. It is open 24hrs, so definitely try to go early or late to beat the crowds.

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