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Fushimi Inari

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Fushimi Inari

How much time do one need at Fushimi Inari- including the hike up? What's the best time to go?

Which one should we visit: Gion Or Sannenzaka Ninenzaka or both?

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1. Re: Fushimi Inari

It takes ~2 hours to do the whole loop at Fushimi Inari. You can go anytime you want as it's always open but I'd avoid going late in the afternoon. Fushimi Inari is in a woods so it gets very dark in twilight. Since there are so many uneven steps, it's not very safe.

Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka are in between Kiyomizu-dera and Gion, so usually people visit them as a unit.

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2. Re: Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari is also a bit eerie-looking looking once it gets dark and becomes quiet. If you want to maximize your sightseeing time, it's best to go very early in the morning when other sights haven't quite opened yet.

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I agree with both of the previous posts, and I also suggest the early morning. It's very peaceful early in the morning. Then you would also have time to get back on the train and head off to Nara to see Daibutsu. It's a perfect day trip from Kyoto.

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Last time I took a group to Kyoto, Ninenzaka/Sannenzaka was the highlight of the trip. Gion is also worthwhile, as it's a completely different vibe.

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5. Re: Fushimi Inari

We went late in the day on a rainy overcast day. Despite this it didn't really matter. There were few tourists and the place was atmospheric with lanterns lighting the passageways. We did not hike all the way up as we had already done a lot of uphill clmbing and we saw heaps in the lower levels,

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