Fushimi Inari Taisha

Shrine and Historic Site
  • Ryan B.
    "Well worth the climb."(12 Tips)
    Ashleigh A.
    "lovely view of Kyoto"(7 Tips)
    Yohan Gabriel L.
    "Amazing rows of Torii gates!"(5 Tips)
    Frankie J. 😎 G.
    "over 5000 tori gates"(5 Tips)
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  • Jeff F.
    Jeff ForbesOctober 11, 2015
    If you want to avoid the throngs of tourists who are trying to get their Instagram shot go at 8:30am or earlier. It thins out as you go up though, which you should! It's super beautiful!
    Upvoted Dec 14, 2017
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BlechmanNovember 2, 2016
    Go early to avoid the crowds (before 9 is ideal, before 7:30 and you can watch the sun rise). Trek to the top is worth it - not many people do it, so you can have long stretches all to yourself.
    Upvoted Dec 14, 2017
  • Alex C.
    Alex CavoulacosMay 30, 2016
    A must see! Hike partway up the mountain to experience the gates without the throngs of tourists. If you want to do the whole loop, allocate a good 1h30 since its ~4km up the mountain and back
    Upvoted Dec 14, 2017
  • Artyom F.
    Artyom FedosovJuly 28, 2016
    Most of tourists trying to take a nice shot near the entrance. You'll wait for a long time if you wanna a gloss photo without people there. Or you can climb further where there is no people at all.
  • myFaveThings 7.
    myFaveThings 77April 28, 2016
    Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes & prepare for a 2-hour hike (optional). One of the must-visit places in Kyoto. The photo is by the entrance w/ several tourists present already so be early!
  • Robert M.
    Robert MJanuary 28, 2017
    Fushimi Inari is famous for its hundreds of orange torii gates leading up to a shrine, but they also have an amazing bamboo forest as well. A must see if you come here.
  • Sam
    SamAugust 19, 2017
    This place is magic. Go early to avoid the crowds (before 0800) and you'll be rewarded with great pictures and a much more spiritual experience. Hike all the way to the top! Great views of the city.
  • Ashleigh A.
    Ashleigh AxiosNovember 13, 2014
    Wear walking shoes & go to the top of the trail to experience a lovely view of Kyoto & sip hot green tea. The leaves look great from the top in mid (starting to turn) or late (more colorful) November.
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RodrigoNovember 17, 2017
    U need at least 3hrs for this place to take ur time to climb the stairs to the top of the mountain. It’s a beautiful place with beautiful views of the forest. It gets crowded on weekends.
  • Tarik H.
    Tarik HartMay 6, 2015
    The temple is at the base of the hill is bright and bold, but the real highlight is the walk up the mountain through the gates. Save energy for it, as it's about two hours. Great view of Kyoto.
  • Stefan M.
    Stefan MaierhoferJune 22, 2016
    If you decide to go all the way up the mountain bring comfy shoes and clothes and be prepared to shoot great pics since the tourists tend to not walk the whole route. Great peaceful experience!
  • Jernej
    JernejNovember 5, 2017
    Beautiful place but make sure you go here very early. If you get there around 5:00 you will have some time to enjoy. Around 7:00-8:00 hordes of tourists arrive and you experience will be ruined.
  • SDG
    SDGNovember 23, 2016
    In one word: breathtaking. Don't be put off by the loads of tourists. Keep on going and walk to the top of the mountain to explore the temple complex and have the Tori for yourself.
    Upvoted Dec 14, 2017
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela CastilloSeptember 12, 2015
    Incredibly beautiful. Go at sunset after the other temples have closed and experience it during the dusk hour and then at night. So peaceful. Quite the hike, though so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Marc U.
    Marc UKGSeptember 17, 2016
    Go up to the top. It is is exhausting, but only few tourists do it, so you can actually take pics without having 50 strangers in your way and you'll be rewarded with a nice view of Kyoto.
  • AKiang K.
    AKiang KJanuary 2, 2016
    On the way back, there is a "non-alcohol Sake" for 300 yen. It tastes really good. If you have time to sit a bit, do try.
  • Sam G.
    Sam GrossbergSeptember 4, 2016
    Go early to beat the crowd. Wander off on the forests trails at any point for total solitude and small hidden shrines!
  • Hei-Yu T.
    Hei-Yu TangAugust 7, 2015
    Make sure you wear your walking shoes and bring enough water and mosquito repellent. The higher you get, the less crowded. Don't forget to look back to see the writings on the poles.
  • Elly V.
    Elly Vila DominicisOctober 1, 2013
    No need to climb up to the top, there's no view. Just stop once you see the city view and then head back
    Upvoted Dec 14, 2017
  • Simple Discoveries
    Simple DiscoveriesApril 6, 2016
    A must-see in Kyoto. Known for its many torii (orange gates). Make the hike to the top for views of Kyoto and be treated to ~32,000 temples along the way.
  • Eika C.
    Eika ChenJanuary 9, 2017
    Famous shrine with thousands of Torii. A good photo spot with Torii. You can spend a bit time hiking up to the top of Mt. Fushimi to get a good view!
  • Jill M.
    Jill McCarthyJuly 25, 2017
    It's a great uphill walk around the arches. We went in Summer so be prepared to get SUPER sweaty in the Kyoto heat. Wear light sports clothing and take a sweat towel!
  • Nick G.
    Nick GrayApril 3, 2013
    Very cool! Make sure you do the Japanese tradition to race your partner through the double gate areas (called Hayaruke). The track on the right is the fastest. When you finish, the winner yells YATTA!
  • Ceilidh S.
    Ceilidh SimpsonAugust 24, 2014
    I'd say the mountain loop is definitely worth it to get the full foresty, old shrine feel. Early mornings and mosquito spray will make it an even better experience. Spot terrapins in the lake too :-)
  • Yanghui C.
    Yanghui ChamSeptember 22, 2014
    A very cultural place. Crowded with people. It's better to come earlier so that it's not too late to go till the top. Very nice. Would love to come back again!!
  • Frankie J. 😎 G.
    My favorite shrine in Kyoto and probably the most iconic place aswell! enjoy the peace and calm of the forest while walking through the over 5000 tori gates
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJanuary 11, 2016
    Fushimi inari shrine, home to 10,000 red gates. Go during the golden hours to see the sun hit against the rich vermilion gates. This shrine is also one of the most visited sights in Japan!
  • Fabio R.
    Fabio ResendeNovember 21, 2017
    If you’re willing, hike all the way up, but instead of going through the regular path (usually crowded) go through the back for a nice experience (search for Vermillion Cafe and go from there)
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅November 17, 2015
    More than 10k vermilion torii gates frame a 4km path.The gates are replaced every 10 yr, by companies looking for success.Check the black letters on each gate 2 know which company made the donation.
    Upvoted Dec 14, 2017
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaMay 31, 2017
    Go early to avoid the crowd. Highly recommend going all the way up to the top. It'll be less crowded the higher you go. It takes about an hour and a half for the full loop.
  • Cheen T.
    Cheen The CuriousDecember 14, 2017
    While visitors eagerly snap photos at the gate, see if you can locate the ‘temizu’ facility (washing hands with water) near the entrance. There are instructions to teach you how to purify. Experience
  • Shirps
    ShirpsMarch 24, 2016
    Great shrine to visit. Come here to see the endless tori gates, fox statues and try the food vendors located at the base of the shrine.
  • Olivia F.
    Olivia FungDecember 3, 2015
    Look out for the pink tags on the trees, they lead you where you can get a non crowded picture of copious bamboo trees everywhere! Saves time going to the other bamboo place if you are time short.
    Upvoted Dec 14, 2017
  • Jeanette Y.
    Jeanette YuenMarch 26, 2015
    The best time to visit is at dusk so you can catch the sunset from the viewing point. When you're at the viewing point, keep going - you're only halfway up Mt. Inari!
  • Naoki F.
    Naoki FerrioAugust 19, 2015
    This is a Shinto shrine. Prepare to bring some water + a fan + a proper camera + comfortable shoes, because u'll need those things!. Took only 3 stations from Kyoto station with ¥1400 train ticket.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrightOctober 7, 2016
    Bring comfortable shoes and prepare to walk many stairs to reach the top of the mountain. Well worth the climb. Come as early as possible, as it gets incredibly busy.
  • Maiyada M.
    Maiyada MahdalyJuly 3, 2014
    My tips for all my foreign friends XD XD XD: 1- wear sneakers 2- heat up 3- be prepared for the longest stairway in your life XD XD XD XD We died half way XD XD XD but it was sooooo worth every step!!
  • Ariane R.
    Ariane RinehartAugust 24, 2016
    Beautiful shrine. Pretty crowded (lives up to its "most popular attraction for foreign tourists" brag), but if you keep walking through the torii gates a bit, the crowds thin.
  • Wild Bill
    Wild Bill3 weeks ago
    Quite crowded by noon. There are some quiet spots along the hike that you may find away from the crowds to appreciate the nature.
  • Fernando L.
    Fernando LemosOctober 4, 2017
    One of the best places we visited. It's always crowded, but gets quieter the higher you go. Better for pictures too.
  • Denise S.
    Denise SDecember 21, 2017
    Very nice place. If you want to reach the top of the hill, be here early, as it takes many hours.
  • Piccy
    PiccyFebruary 23, 2017
    food stalls at the side of the temple serves a variety of local street food. not to miss - mochi, sweet corn and sticks of BBQ beef / pork
  • Brian B.
    Brian BimschlegerNovember 4, 2017
    If you’re going to go to one place in Kyoto, go here. Hike up in the early afternoon so you can hike down at sunset. The crowd thins about halfway up.
  • Dan M.
    Dan Mondragón SomeraDecember 16, 2016
    Beautiful and enjoyable. Be ready since it's a huge way to the top. Opens all the time if you want to go after they closed the shops ;)
  • etta y.
    etta yOctober 6, 2014
    Great photo op, but the highlight of our visit was the regal shibe hanging out on the steps.
  • Haley B.
    Haley BMarch 12, 2015
    Go early or late & hike to the top of the mountain under the Torii for great views.
  • Mark P.
    Mark PenderSeptember 6, 2014
    The view of Kyoto is really worth the walk up. It's a beautiful walk up but note that there are no seats for a break along the way.
  • Tunca
    TuncaJuly 2, 2017
    another must see place in Japan. go there before sunset. here is a long stairway to the top..
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuJuly 8, 2017
    Visit in work out clothes because it's a fcking HIKE! Gorgeous but crowded so come early. It goes up the mountain in a loop but takes more than an hour.
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CuiDecember 24, 2016
    Prettiest scene to take pictures in. It was made famous to the western world by the Memoirs of a Geisha movie.
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