It's The Hottest Spot among Travellers in Kyoto! : Fushimi Inari Shrine

This is a report on a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, the most popular shrine among visiters in Kyoto. It has the important information on directions from Kyoto Station, hightlights of the visit and other useful tips that you should know prior to your visit there.

ushimi Inari Shrine is always near the top of Japan guidebooks like Tripadvisor!

The reason this shrine is so popular is that you can visit the sight by subway easily and its unique appearance and atmosphere.

How to get to Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Fushimi Inari Station and Inari Station are close to Fushimi Inari Shrine and there are subway stations all over Kyoto, so finding a line near you that leads to the shrine’s stops is easy.

If it helps, I stayed at a hotel by Shijo Dori Street, so I walked until Kamogawa River and took subway Keihan Main Line from Gion Shijo Station to Fushimi Inari Station.

Here we are... The sign says Fushimi Inari welcomes you!

Now You Know What To See...Senbon Torii

From the station, it will take about a 5-6 minute walk.

Don't worry, just follow the stream of people....(yep, you are not the only one going!)

Walk through the path and see little souvenir shops and cafes, you will see the red arch (Torii) in front of you! Your adventure in the shrine has begun!

After the main building, Senbon Torii is next! The thousand arches are waiting for you!

Wow...just, wow...

Senbon Torii (A Thousand Of Arches) Isn't The End!

Senbon Torii goes up to the top of Inari San Mountain...

In Shinto Religion, Torii is the gate to the world of God. Going through all the Toriis means you are closer to God.

Senbon Torii (a thousand of arches) is just a part of the road to the top of the mountain. In total, you will go through over 3000 arches until you get to the top! You cannot find such a sacred view in anywhere else in Japan...

These Toriis are built by donations from individual or companies so if you look closer, you see the year of establishment and the name of donor. They are all different sizes because they donate the arch with their wish and when it comes true they donate for rebuilding.

I saw some brand new Toriis built in 2015! The person/company who donated it achieved their goal!

Oinari San Is In Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari... Fushimi is the name of the region, but do you know what Inari means? Inari is the Fox Deity that is one of the millions of Shinto's deities. Foxes are sacred animals in Shinto and many shrines in Japan are a tribute to them, but Fushimi Inari is Japan’s most prestigious.

In the legend, fox loves Abura Age which is deep fried and dried Tofu. Inari Zushi is made with rice in Abura Age that is boiled in a soy sauce based broth. It is very popular not only with this deity but many Japanese people!

Kitsune Udon for lunch! Kitsune is another word for fox. Sweet Abura Age is served on top of Udon noodles.

You can find restaurants serving Inari Zushi and Kitsune Udon around Fushimi Inari Shrine, so try some!

Kyoto has so many sights impressing you, but Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the must-see in Kyoto! Feel the sacred and mysterious atomosphere here in Fushimi Inari Shrine!

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Written by Ayaka

Born and raised in Hakodate. I drive around Sapporo often too. I love fashion, sweets, and beautiful scenery. I work at a hotel in Hakodate.