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Classic Kyoto: The Famous Fushimi Inari Shrine

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When you search Kyoto on Google, Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the top images you would see. If you only have a day in Kyoto, I highly recommend to prioritize this over other attractions since this is one of the highlight of Kyoto.

Fushimi Inari Shrine is best known for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. When you visit the shrine, you would notice that there are lots of foxes, it is said that these foxes are the messenger of Inari, the god of rice

Fox Statue in Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fox statue
Entrance of Fushimi Inari
Fox statue near the entrance of the shrine

Before you enter the shrine, you would see a map that would show you the mountain trail to get to the top.

Map of the mountain trail

Since this is a very important shrine and also very touristy, you should expect lots of crowds. If you prefer a peaceful hike without much crowds and tourists, you should come really early or really late at night. This shrine is open 24 hours and has no entrance fee which is really great.

You can take photos without any photo bombers since most tour buses and crowds will arrive at around 9:00 am. If you arrived later in the morning or in the afternoon, you can still take a photo without much crowd, just keep walking and the crowds will be lesser. Most people will not finish hike to the top, most of them will leave halfway the hike.

Torii Gates
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine

Before you leave, don’t forget to check the souvenir shops and try out some snacks. I always collect fridge magnets whenever I travel so I was really glad I was able to find some Fushimi Inari Shrine fridge magnet in the souvenir shops, it’s a great souvenir to bring home.

I highly recommend Fushimi Inari Shrine if you visit Kyoto, it is definitely a must see and it will also be a great experience. It is also really easy to access, it is just outside JR Inari Station, two stops from Kyoto station. You can’t leave Kyoto without visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Ever since starting her travel blog on April 2019, Fae has loved taking photographs of new places and sharing them online. Now, in her 20s, take a peek in her life as she pulls you into a world of travel, food and lifestyle.

17 Comments

  • Danik

    I seriously can’t wait to get to Kyoto and Japan, its been on my list for a very long time. The shrine is on top of my list when I get there. It looks so beautiful and looks quiet in the photos (which is a bonus for me, I dont like crowds).

    • Fae Celine

      Japan is definitely a country with rich history and culture. You might be interested in visiting Nagoya since it is known for the birthplace of samurai and ninja 🙂

  • Marya

    Definitely, I haven’t been anywhere in Japan, and I’m not really familiar with Kyoto either but I know this Fushimi Inari Shrine since I’ve seen the pictures all over the place whenever I come across some posts about Kyoto. But hey, thanks to you for pointing out the fun fact about the foxes as the messenger of Inari. It’s actually a new info for me, as now I also know about some trivia about the shrine itself.

    Also, good to know that the shrine is also open for 24 hours. I could only imagine how touristy it could get with all the photos I’ve seen on the internet. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Fae Celine

      It can really get crowded especially at peak times but when you arrive at before 8am, you can have the whole shrine to yourself. It’s really an amazing experience 🙂 arriving at sunset is also really great since it can also give you a different experience

  • Brianna

    We visited Tokyo and Kyoto a few years ago, and Fushimi-Inari was high on my list. Unfortunately, we ran out of time, and we barely made it to the shrine at about 8pm. Fortunately, there were hardly any people there (I’m not really one for crowds). It was dark, and that actually made my pictures more unique than most you see of the shrine. We didn’t make it to the top because we were super tired and absolutely famished (we hadn’t eaten dinner yet). It was a really cool shrine to visit; we can’t wait to go back!

    • Fae Celine

      That’s really great. I’ve also heard that it’s a really unique experience to visit this shrine at night time.

  • Yara

    If there is one thing I want to visit in Japan it’s the Fushimi Inari! It’s absolutely gorgeous and your photos do it justice. Cannot wait for my own trip sometime next year. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kavita Favelle

    Kyoto is my favourite city in the world! I adored visiting Fushimi Inari, of course for the incredible avenues of torii gates, and the fox messengers of Inari. So iconic!

  • Shauna

    Japan has been on the top of my husband’s list of places to visit for a long time, and you’re making it look very appealing! Thank you for sharing.

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