Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kyoto

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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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  • About 4km with some steep uphills but a definite must see. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as it is quite steep in places. Excellent street food at the bottom!  more »
  • A must go place in Kyoto. Had a great time here! You can come early to avoid crowds. The streets nearby have quite a lot of souvenir shop selling nice postcards.  more »
  • I've been visiting around 10:00 in the evening. Around the dark and light because it is somewhat frightening atmosphere. One night in grunge. Watch out for rising to the top of a small English called BOARS during signs hastily looking at Hassan. Actually, it has witnessed the life of wild boar rushed Hasan felt the threat of. If you visit at night to walk to the top of the visible only to the beginning featured as well as the climb is an absolute taboo.
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  • The great place and must be visited when in Kyoto. It's easy to find this historical place. Only 2 stations from Kyoto Station and it's about 5 minutes by train. Fushimi Inari is open 24 hours so it's better if you come in early morning to avoid super crowded of the tourist. The main attraction is The Tori Gates but you can also enjoy the other beautiful view by walk up to the top of mountain. It 's interesting
  • It's even better in life. Though full of everyone you can image... the place is captivating if you allow yourself to be submerged in the nature. Prepare to walk slopes, steps and dodge people. The walk continue as all the way to the top of this mountain and back around and down. You can make a pivotal point to turn back if you don't wish to home the whole trial. With tourist trap snacks to feed you all the way down and out. There are several bathroom stops all the way up. Take a snack and drinks with you, you could easily waste a day here.
  • Probably single best spot to visit in entire Japan. Impressive Shinto shrine followed by mountain filled with Tori gates. Be sure to take your time to ascend the mountain. Full loop takes about two hours. Can be visited in the evening and looks great in the night too. Entrance is free.
  • Surely one of the most beautiful attractions I have seen in my life. Placed upon a mountain, this is perfect to admire a great masterpiece in Japan as much as a great place to take a walk. Reaching the peak takes more or less one hour to come and one hour to return, awarded by a beautiful overview on the whole Kyoto. Moreover, while you take your long, spiritual walk, you can take a break at one of the seven sanctuaries as you reach the peak. Pay attention that there are no other toilets after the first break.
  • Amazing place, definitely a must see in Japan. Worth going with a small guided tour, many can be purchased for Kyoto as a whole as the history here is very interesting. The Tori gates truly are not only impressive but meditative and the entire site possesses a gentle tranquility. This, along with the hour long walk of following the whole trail up the mountain makes for quite a lovely and peaceful day.

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