Fushimi Inari Shrine
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Member Reviews (38)
- Fushimi Inari ShrineMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Mar 04, 2014
My favorite thing in all of Kyoto! The paths through the shrine are lined with varying sized orange gates all the way through. There is a two hour trail in the temple through the gates up into the rocky hills of this area. I walked the entire thing, there was almost no one out there (even in tourist season). It was so peaceful and beautiful and magical to be all alone in the woods when you are technically still in the middle of a city!
- Fushimi Inari ShrineMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Mar 02, 2014
Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for its thousands of torii gates that look like a tunnel going through the forest up the hill. The torii gates are donated by individuals and companies (the donor's name and the date of the donation are inscribed on the back of each gate). The cost starts around 400,000 yen for a small sized gate and increases to over one million yen for a large gate. The shrine is dedicated to Inari – the god of rice. There are lots of statues of foxes (Inari’s messengers) on the grounds.
Walking through the tunnel up and down the mountain is the most exciting part of the visit. If you go all the way to the end, it could take you up to 3 hours. But you can walk only a part of the trail and then turn back (walk back is mostly downhill).
It’s best to visit late if the afternoon on a sunny day – the glowing gates are spectacular! This is one of my favorite sites in Kyoto.
Anyone who has seen The Gates installation in Central Park in New York by Christo and Jeanne-Claude can easily guess where they got the idea.
- Fushimi Inari ShrineFeb 15, 2014
This place is beautiful and larger than I expected. It was not the type of place where there is only 1 photo spot and once you see it you're done, but it's a beautiful and peaceful walk (went when it was raining so very few people) and it's mesmerizing.
- Fushimi Inari ShrineMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsJan 04, 2014
This may be the most iconic of all of Kyoto's many sights -- thousands of orange wooden torii gates climbing through a forest of hardwoods and bamboo like a tunnel, with the endless smaller shrines and their kitsune figures and offerings piled in niches all along the way. It's gorgeous and atmospheric, and the perfect place to spend a morning in summer, in the shade, away from the city's terrible heat.
- Fushimi Inari ShrineMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 06, 2013
One of my favorite spots in Kyoto. Definitely worth the short train ride to see it. Far less touristed and very distinctive.
- Fushimi Inari ShrineMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Feb 11, 2014
5 min away from Kyoto station by train, getting off at Inari station on JR Nara line. Walk about another 5 min to the shrine. This place is a really unique shrine in Kyoto with 1000 torii gates built along the walk way in the shrine. It is a really spiritual/photographic place and a bit of a hike if you plan to go through all the torii gates! The entrance is free so it is nice if you are on a budget too. It is worth the visit for sure!!
- Fushimi Inari ShrineAug 12, 2013
This large temple complex has the famous red gates throughout the path on the hill. They are clustered most tightly together near the bottom and become more sparse the further up the hill one goes. There are some nice views of Kyoto at the very top. There are numerous shrines/memorial areas along the path where people have placed much smaller gates. There are also numerous temple cats.
- Fushimi Inari ShrineMay 04, 2013
Love the visual impact and spritual nature of this walk through the torii in the forest. The train was super easy but hard to confirm as correct. I ended up on one where there wasn't alot of English but it was all good. The train stops right in front of the shrine and you begin your colorful ascent past the foxes, shrines, torii lines paths. Towards the top theres a nice view of the city. Bear left at the fork toward a fun foxy fountain shrine. Temperature was great in April and no monkey encounters.
- Fushimi Inari ShrineMar 25, 2013
This is one of those historic places that shows up in all the guide books and travel books because the endless and on going rows of toori gates are so cool! There's a relatively long pathway that you follow through the forest that's lined with these traditional red gates with a few stops at little shops and statue shrines along the way. Definitely take the time to go and have a nice walk through the area.