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Fushimi-Inari - Kyoto

The Vermilion Torii of Fushimi-Inari
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.61 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  Dedicated to the gods of rice and business, Fushimi-Inari is the main shrine of more than 30,000 such shrines in Japan.
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Tips:  Any-time of the year is a good time to visit Fushimi-Inari. But I would recommend Spring (April/May), so as to experience "Cherry... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Torii, with

This is what you will be greeted with, if you have come here by the Keihan Train.
Take the time to wander through the souvenir shops. There are some very-interesting items for sale.

2. Main entrance Torii to Fushimi-Inari.

This is the site that will greet you, if you have come here by the J.R. train.

This is the main shrine, at Fushimi-Inari.Take note of the two "Kitsune" (Fox) guarding the entrance to the shrine.
Foxes are said to be messengers of Inari and can be seen throughout the complex.

4. Small Shrine.

Throughout the complex you will pass many small shrines, such as this. Each with it's own name.

5. Tirii - entrance to Sanbon Torii.

This is the entrance to Sanbon Tirii (Thousand Torii), and what Fushimi-Inari is famous for.

6. Sanbon Torii (Thousand Torii).

Many travel brochures will have these photos on them. It is what makes Fushimi-Inari famous.
Parts of the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha" were filmed here.
Take note of the inscriptions on the torii. They of the company names that have donated this torii.

7. Torii.

Avenues of torii are located throughout the complex. The more of them you pass, the more you will come to appreciate how strong the religious beliefs, of the Japanese are.

8. Sub-Shrine.

Throughout the complex there are many sub-shrines, or grottos, as some call them. They give one quite an eerie feeling.

9. Kamataka-sha.

You have arrived at one of the many tea-houses spread throughout the complex. This one being one of the nicest as it overlooks a reservoir.

10. Tea-house/rest-stop/view.

This is my favourite place on the complex. Where I am standing one can get a good view over the southern-suburbs of Kyoto, as well as have a bite-to-eat and a cold drink, before continuing with my tour.
You are at a three-way junction here. Following in the direction of the photo, will take you to Inari-san (Mt Inari).

11. Inari-san (Mt Inari).

From this point it is downhill, in whatever direction you choose to go.