Fushimi Inari Shrine – Kyoto | Travel Information

Fushimi Inari Taisha, better known as Fushimi Inari Shrine, is one of Kyoto’s most popular destinations – if not the most popular. It gained fame by have literally thousands of bright orange torii gates which line the pathways that scale the mountain side. It was originally founded in the year 711, but was moved to its present location about 100 years later. The Shrine is dedicated to the Shinto God of Rice, Inari. You will see fox statues around Fushimi Inari shrine as foxes are believed to be a messenger to Inari, and many make offering of Rice and Rice Wine to the statues.

Small torii gates at beginning of trail

When you arrive at the shrine, you will not immediately be walking through the many torii gates for which this shrine is famous for. Instead, you will start off at the shrines auxiliary buildings, where you can see traditional performances stages and significant cultural buildings.

After you have gone through the main grounds, you will then join the mountain side trail. Starting off with the condensed, but much smaller torii gates – where many photographers flock to from around the world to photograph. It is extremely hard to get a picture of the small torii gates during the daytime as several thousand people pass through on a daily basis. But if you are patient, you too can capture the perfect shot. The larger torii gates further up the mountain are much easier to take photos of. The further you climb the mountain, the less people you will see, making photography of the torii gates a breeze.

However, the further you climb the mountain, the more spread out the torii gates become, which may not create the desired photograph that many people are after when they visit Fushimi Inari. Nevertheless, if you are just there for the experience, then we suggest you take the summit trail. The path to the summit of Mt.Inari will take approximately two and a half hours for the average person return from Inari Station, to the summit, and back. Along the way, there are vending machines which stock the required refreshments one would need to reach the summit.

Larger Torii Gates

Hours & Admission

  • 27/4
  • Free


Fushimi Inari Taisha can be accessed from Kyoto Station via train for a meme 140 JPY per trip. 

The train you will need to take is on the Nara Line, bound for Joyo Station. 2 stops into your trip and you will arrive at Inari Station. You can’t miss it, many people on the train will also be getting off there, and of course there will be an announcment saying you are arriving at Inari Station.