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