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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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  • We were lucky enough to visit while it was snowing and loved it. My 14yr old son and I took our time and spent about 4hrs walking along the various paths that circle the mountain. Coming down in the.....  more
    We were lucky enough to visit while it was snowing and loved it. My 14yr old son and I took our time and spent about 4hrs walking along the various paths that circle the mountain. Coming down in the.....  more »
  • Our visit to this shrine was memorable even though we did not go all the way up mainly because of the insect bites we were getting as we approached mid levels and my foot injury. It's open 24/7 but I....  more
    Our visit to this shrine was memorable even though we did not go all the way up mainly because of the insect bites we were getting as we approached mid levels and my foot injury. It's open 24/7 but I....  more »
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  • It lives up to thy hype! Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most iconic spots in Japan and for good reason. This temple and hike is beautiful. Photos don’t do it justice. The hike took my family about 80 minutes total. We had a 6 year old and a two year old with us and both did well with all the stairs. My two year old did need to be carried from time to time, but mostly going downhill. I would say this is definitely a child friendly activity. The crowd levels were astonishingly lower than I expected. This lead to more time on the path alone and a more peaceful climb. ** I recommend bringing yen on the climb as there are plenty of places to buy bottle water, tea, and even ice cream at the view point. This temple is easily assessable by train and is located just outside of the station. **Disclaimer* My family and I went in spring of 2022 where Japan was still closed to tourist. If you are coming when the county is reopened be prepared for bigger crowds than I experienced
  • Such a surreal experience getting the chance to walk through the thousand gates. It fascinated me how well maintained these gates are! Walking and climbing up the stairs was quite the hike! So be sure to have a comfortable pair of shoes on you. it was also nice to enjoy snacks in the front side of the temple. Overall surreal experience walking through these gates in a Forrest, I would describe the experience as magical!

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