Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

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Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is one of the most famous Shinto Shrines in Kyoto, known for its thousand red gates or torii. It is located in the Fushimi district in southern Kyoto and its main buildings are on the foot of a mountain. However, the shrine extends deep into the mountain and it is the sloping walking trails that lead through the forest and through the prominent vermillion Shinto gates that attract most international visitors. Inari is the god of rice and is associated with foxes which is why you can find fox statues throughout the area. Donating to the shrine promises good fortune, which is why many Japanese companies and individuals donate to the shrine in return for having a torii gate with their name set up on the site. As you walk through the many red and orange gates, you may see many Japanese inscriptions but if you look closely you may also find some that make reference to non-Japanese donors.

2.0 Hours
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68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
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January, March, April, May, July, August, September, October, November, December

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5 out of 5 stars

I don't know who decided to put so many Torii gates in a row, but it was a great idea. One of the most recognisable and photogenic tourist attractions in the world, this site is just pleasant to look at and walk through. Beware of the tourist hordes that always get in your pictures and are here any time of the year. If you want to avoid them come much earlier with the first rays of sun. Alternatively go slightly higher up the hill where there are less people as most of them seem to lack the stamina to finish the hike up the hill. Fun fact: the torii gates are payed for by businesses or influential rich people for good luck and fortune. The one who pays decides the writing on the gates, so I saw one which said Guest House in English. Anyways. great spot and I'm sure you were planning to go anyways.


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