Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto is one of Japan’s most visited locations. While it is extremely busy during peak hours, the shrine stands out from the rest, thanks to the thousands of torii gates that line the paths leading up to the main shrine. Gates donated by folks as an offering to Inari, The Shinto god of rice.
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Fushimi Inari Shrine Visiting Information
Main Visitor Info
- 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, 612-0882, Japan
- +81 75-641-7331
- Dates & Hours:
- Open 24 hours.
- Dates and hours of operations may change. We recommend calling them or checking their website beforehand to confirm their business hours.
- How much we spent during our visit:
- No cost.
- How to get there:
- Get off at Inari Station.
- The walk is 260 meters (3 mins).
- See the shrine
- Great photo opportunity
- Time spent:
- 45 mins
- Where we ate:
- We picked up a bunch of different food and snacks from the food stalls around the area.
- Stroller friendly:
- No, we parked our stroller at the shrine.
- Yes, flushable toilets.
Our Observations / Things to bring
- We recommend having internet access and downloading “Google Maps” to get around Japan. This will help you figure out what rail line to take for your trips. You can also ask a station employee to assist you.
- Also download “Google Translate” to understand signages.
- We recommend using the restroom before seeing the torii gateways.
- We did not do the entire hike. We let the girls lead and headed back when they were done.
- Don’t get stuck at the beginning of the torii gateways. We got better photos and videos when we went further into the gateways where it was less crowded.
- Check the weather before you go. The weather can be changeable; layered clothing and closed toe shoes are recommended.
- What we packed:
- Cash, travel stroller, lip sunscreen, sunscreen, sunglasses, phone charger, insect repellant, bug bite suction, big bite relief ointment, hand sanitizer, Suds2go hand wash cap, water wipes, snacks, and water.
- You can get the links to all our travel essentials here: Travel Essentials | Califoreigners
- Where we stayed:
- Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station (1 Chome-2-70 Miyahara, Yodogawa Ward, Osaka, 532-0003, Japan) – This is where we stayed.
- Remm-Shin-Osaka (1 Chome-1-1 Miyahara, Yodogawa Ward, Osaka, 532-0003, Japan) – Cheaper option at the Skin-Osaka Station
- Ways to save money:
- Pick up food, snacks and drinks from 7-Eleven, Lawson or Family Mart.
- Other places to visit in the country:
- Recommended itinerary:
- Nara Park
- Todai-Ji Temple
- Fushimi Inari Taisha
- Pls pack in, pack out and leave no trace.
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What We Said In Our Fushimi Inari Shrine Explainer
Getting to Fushimi Inari is very easy by train. From Kyoto Station, it only takes a few minutes to go 3 stops on the JR Nara Line to get to JR Inari Station. With the Shrine just across the street to its exit.
Once you cross under the Romon Gate, the surrounding areas are where you can make donations, get your fortune, or even leave a wish to the god. Founded in the year 711, the shrine has trails leading up to Mt. Inari. The mountain is considered sacred. While we didn’t venture to the top, it’s said to take about 2-3 hours to complete. Along the way, there are several smaller shrines and statues. Like the famous gates, everything at Fushimi Imari has a serine-worn beauty to it, one that you can definitely lose yourself in if not for the crush of people.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is also home to a large number of fox statues which are considered to be Inari’s messengers. Our girls loved pointing them out every time they saw one. Hanging to the right on our way out. We sampled many of the street treats as we slowly made our way back to Inri station. From the fresh fortune cookies to Wagyu beef skewers, we enjoyed it all.
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