Fushimi Inari, officially known as Fushimi Inari Taisha, is a beautiful Shinto shrine in south Kyoto famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates and fox statues. Fushimi Inari Shrine, or Oinari-san, is the head shrine of all 30,000 Inari shrines in Japan.
The shrine was founded in 711 and has since attracted a wealth of visitors seeking to pray for prosperity—not to mention catch a glimpse of the aforementioned tunnels of red torii gates.
Conquering the full 12,000 steps to get to the main shrine could be seen as a suitably arduous task for those seeking their wishes to be granted.
Although it is common to stop at the halfway point where popular omikuji (fortunes) and omamori (amulets) are sold, it is possible to explore the whole shrine grounds.
Over ten thousand torii gates can be passed through and hiking the full course can take two to three hours.
If you don’t have the time (or energy) to spare on a full hike, why not travel up to one of the checkpoints and enjoy a bowl of Kitsune Udon (fox udon) or Inari Zushi (fox sushi).
Both dishes are made with aburaage, fried tofu, which is said to be a favorite food of foxes. They make for a great meal and replenish your energy for the remaining hike.
This is the goal of most visitors to Fushimi Inari Shrine. Located about 45 minutes up the mountain, this intersection features some fabulous views of Kyoto on clear days. Many hikers decide to stop here as there are fewer and fewer torii from this point on.
Foxes are seen as the messengers of Inari, Shinto god of rice; the stones foxes seen around the shrine are even called Inari as well. Many of them have a key in their mouth which depict keys to granaries blessed by Inari.
Every torii you pass by has been donated by individuals and companies, with their names inscribed on the back of each one. Prices start at around 400,000 yen for a small gate and go over one million yen for a large gate.
One minute walk from Inari station (JR Nara Line), or a 4-minute walk from Fushimi-Inari Station (Keihan Main Line) just beyond.
Fushimi Inari Taisha, an icon of Kyoto, is affectionately known as the temple with a thousand torii gates. As you venture up, you will be greeted with gates painted in orange. I came during the early evening and headed for the summit. The lack of crowds made it very peaceful, yet their very absence seem creepy, like a ghost town. For those brave enough to reach the top, a magnificent view of Kyoto’s city lights awaits.
Tourists flock in thousands to Fushimi Inari Taisha each year, vying to get a glimpse of the iconic orange 'torii' gates and meandering paths. Yet this photo story from Saskia Gilmour pays homage to Fushimi Inari's favourite residents - the cats of Fushimi Inari.
Fushimi Inari is a shrine located in the south east of Kyoto City. It was founded in year 711 and is dedicated to the Inari Kami, god of cereal and especially rice, who are a symbol of prosperity in Japan. In the shrine, he is commonly depicted as a fox. The shrine is popular for its incredible number of traditional Japanese gates that transform its alleys into real tunnels.
At the entrance courtyard to Fushimi Inari, you are greeted with architecture similar to most other Japanese temples, but duck around to the back and you're rewarded with a maze of orange torii gate-lined paths meandering up the slopes. A few hundred steps upward gives you remarkable views of Kyoto and the surrounding suburbs.
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