Fushimi Inari Taisha

(伏見稲荷大社)
Shrine and Historic Site
伏見区, 京都市
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  • Ryan B.
    "Well worth the climb."(11 Tips)
    Aivan M.
    "Try to reach the view point and see a beautiful view of Kyoto!"(7 Tips)
    Frankie J. 😎 G.
    "over 5000 tori gates"(5 Tips)
    Eunmi L.
    "Endless torii gates glow at sunset."(4 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Eika C.
    Eika ChenJanuary 9
    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!
  • 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 :-)
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaMay 31
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Piccy
    PiccyFebruary 23
    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
  • 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.
  • 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 ;)
  • Josh P.
    Josh PartijoSeptember 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.
  • Haley B.
    Haley BMarch 12, 2015
    Go early or late & hike to the top of the mountain under the Torii for great views.
  • etta y.
    etta yOctober 6, 2014
    Great photo op, but the highlight of our visit was the regal shibe hanging out on the steps.
  • 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.
  • Guilherme Y.
    It is really amazing, but it is good to come with comfortable clothes and be prepared to walk a lot
  • Tunca
    Tunca3 weeks ago
    another must see place in Japan. go there before sunset. here is a long stairway to the top..
  • 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.
  • Duong D.
    Duong Dieu LinhDecember 26, 2015
    Be prepared for a very long hike up the stairs, but the view was worth it. Best to start at 5-6pm for lesser people (hence better pics)
  • Tom V.
    Tom Van GoylenMarch 18, 2015
    Beautiful pathway up the mountain with lots of great photo opportunities and a couple of souvenir and snack shops near the station.
  • Hans H.
    Hans HauptJune 29, 2012
    At the top there is only another shrine; nothing more, not even a view. Instead, walk until you can see an overview of Kyoto city. After that, call it a day & visit another historical monument.
  • Connie C.
    Connie Chiu2 weeks ago
    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.
  • David B.
    David B.October 15, 2014
    Come early. It gets crowded. Also, the higher you go, the less crowded and more magical it gets. A really amazing shrine.
  • Albert W.
    Albert WinadiApril 14, 2016
    Beautiful place. Take care to come at non-crowded hours, else you'll just be endlessly tackled by Chinese tourists before you can say Fushimi.
  • Steven L.
    Steven LehrburgerJuly 10, 2014
    The higher you get, the more expensive the water! But don't let that stop you from hydrating, especially on a hot and humid July afternoon.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SalazarAugust 5, 2016
    This is one of the best shrines I've ever been to abd will definitely recommend it to anyone. Its a must do.
  • Alessandro M.
    Alessandro MingioneApril 12, 2015
    Absolutely a must see of Kyoto. Amazing shrine, wonderful hike, unlike any other shrine you'll see in Japan!
  • Thailan P.
    Thailan PhamMay 4, 2016
    2 hours to climb to the top. Crowds thin out as you go higher and you can take better pictures. May have a better experience if you go first thing in the a.m.
  • Dominic T.
    Dominic TamMay 21, 2016
    Always have lots of visitors but if you don't want them in your photo, you can either: 1) photoshop 2) visit very early or late 3) hike up the mountain. Tip: For ultimate experience, hire a Kimono.
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