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Day Tour at Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Our first on the list must see places in Kyoto is the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Probably the most iconic landmark in Japan and has been one of the top tourist attractions of Kyoto. In fact, it is the #1 tourist attraction in Japan for five years in a row, according to Japan Web Magazine. It is well known for its ten thousand vermilion Torii gates, which form a series of trails and paths at the back of its main hall. The trails lead into the mountain which is named after Inari, stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.

A torii is a traditional Japanese gate usually found at the entrance of a Shinto Shrine. It symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred.

On the grounds, visitors are encouraged to purify themselves before entering the main shrine. There’s a guide on how doing it so we just follow what was instructed. First, fill the ladle with water and pour some in your left hand, then in your right hand. Next, clean your mouth by pouring water into your left hand lightly. Finally, hold the ladle vertically, allowing for the remaining water to trickle down the handle.

The Chozuya is a small pavilion or a large basin with special wooden dippers usually located at the entrance of shrines or temples

The main shrine itself is beautiful with striking red, orange color with some golden ornaments. We spend less than an hour here since the main attraction is located behind the shrine which are the Torii gates

Fushimi Inari-Taisha Main Precinct of the Shrine
Ringing the bell 2 – 3 times is one way of showing respect at shrine or temple

While walking our way through the shrine, we noticed many different fox statues. They usually have a key or grain in their mouth since the shrine is dedicated to Inari, not only the God of rice, but also of tea, sake, fertility, industry and more.

Fox is said to be a messenger of Inari, and so has an important place at Inari’s shrine.

Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine’s main attraction is the bright colored torii gates that are said to hold over 10,000 on its grounds, which made the place spectacular and impressive than other grandiose shrines in the country.

Torii gates placed in very narrow intervals making it hard for the sun to pass inside.
All torii gates are donated by individuals, companies and organizations whose wishes made at the shrine came true. Each torii gate has the name of its donor and the date of the donation.

Aside from Torii gates, Japanese lanterns also made the place very attractive.

The whole area is surrounded by lush greenery which made it refreshing and pleasant to walk

Thoughts on visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha:

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha is the top most visited tourist attractions in Kyoto, so expect large crowds during day time.
  • The history of this place will make you better understand the Japanese culture.
  • This place will make you more appreciative of nature since the whole area is surrounded by trees and the Torii gates will lead you to a path going to the mountain.
  • Fushimi Inari-Taisha is one of the most recognized landmarks of Japan.
  • It is the most picturesque in Kyoto, as large numbers of red/orange torii gates are lined up artistically forming a narrow path. Be patient while taking pictures as large crowds may tend to ruin your backdrop.
  • It took us 2 to 3 hours walking inside the Torii gates, taking photos, and appreciating its charm. Since we visited on a summer, a lot of tourists are walking making it crowded inside the gate.

Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
Operating hours: 24 hours (shrine office 8:30am ~ 4:30pm)
Admission fee: free

How to access:

The shrine is just outside the Inari station on the Nara line of the west JR line, five minute ride from Kyoto Station.

My travel buddies are Aris and Rochelle, travel date is June 21, 2019 (summer).

Please feel free to comment your best experience during your visit at Fushimi Inari-Taisha for others readers reference.

Thank you for reading and I hope I was able to help plan your Kyoto trip.

God bless always❤️

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