Fushimi Inari Taisha Place guide

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Fushimi Inari Taisha

This striking shrine was built as a dedication to Inari, the Shinto God of Rice.

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A Shrine for the God of Rice

If you’re out to get that iconic Kyoto shot, Fushimi Inari Taisha should be on top of your list of Kyoto places to visit. This striking shrine was built as a dedication to Inari, the Shinto God of Rice. Its origins predate the capital's move to Kyoto in 794, making it ancient among Kyoto tourist attractions.

Tourists and locals alike come to behold the iconic vermilion torii gates spread over the mountainside of sacred Mount Inari. Pathways wander up the mountain and are filled with sub-shrines, some protected by stone foxes – considered messengers of Inari. 

There are a number of trails with varying levels of difficulty, all winding around the mountain. Each trail offers fantastic views and corners of silence. The many torii gates have been donated by individuals in the hope of receiving good fortune, especially in business.

Every July, the two-day Motomiya Festival is held at the Shrine. Many flock here from all over the country to pay tribute to Inari. The celebration is highlighted by thousands of red lanterns lit up at night, engulfing the shrine in a mysterious red light. 

Performances, such as the taiko drum concerts and traditional dances, are held during these festivities to entertain those who have come to pray. 

Get there

  • By train: Fushimi Inari Shrine is located just outside Inari Station of the JR Nara line (JPY 140 from Kyoto Station)

68 Fukakusa, Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto; Open daily

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