Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

The Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto is one of many shines dedicated to the god Inari.  It is special for its many vermillion torii gates that line the path up Mount Inari (233m).  

Taking the path to the top of the mountain takes sevel hours, however, the Inari shrine is a useful spot for a bit of culture when time is short.

From Kyoto station, the shrine is just two stops (about 5 minutes) by local train, and on exiting the train station is basically on the other side of the street.  The entrance torii gate and shrine buildings are good examples of the types of structures at many locations around Japan.  Heading up the stone steps leads to a number of smaller shrines, past the guardian fox statues (with foxes often representing messengers), to the many thousands of torri gates.

It is difficult to get a clear photo without other tourists or visitors, and different days offer better lighting if you are wanting a "perfect" shot.  

To gain an appeciation of Inari does not take too long.  Walking up past the shrine buildings, and along the corridor of torii gates, and the first section of the hill path will satisfy most people.  Exiting the mountain path leads to a newly developed garden area and that will continue to mature over time.

There are also a good (and usual) range of souvineer stores to tempt visitors.

Because of the closeness to Kyoto, Inari can be a good late afternoon filler, (especially if you have travelled from another major city) and fits nicely between a hotel check-in and an evening meal sampling Kyoto's many offerings.

 

Travel tip shared by Japan Custom Tours
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