Fushimi inari taisha shrine hike - torii gate Kyoto culture walk on Mt Inari trail. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel blog

 

The Fushimi Inari taisha shrine is probably one of the most recognizable icons in Kyoto. (The bamboo forest is another one.)

 

Fushimi inari taisha shrine - walk through torii gates in Kyoto. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Fushimi inari taisha shrine - walk through torii gates in Kyoto. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

The brightly colored orange torii gates have made this place a top photography spot in Kyoto. (And probably top instagram spot too.)

Miyajima is another place in Japan that’s famous for its torii shrine gate, and if you’ve been researching your trip to Japan for at least a few weeks, you’ve probably come across the Miyajima torii gate too.

 

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine as part of a one day Kyoto itinerary

I made a visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine as part of somewhat of a hiking day:

 

How to spend 5 days in Kyoto

 

 

How to get to Fushimi Inari Shrine

In general, Google Maps is a pretty reliable way to figure out your transportation options around Kyoto.

And, taking the train can be a good option!

 

Train to Fushimi Inari

There are 2 train stations near the shrine:

  • Inari station (JR line)
  • Fushimi Inari station (Keihan line)

 

Inari station (JR)

How to get to Fushimi inari shrine: Kyoto station to fushimi inari with JR pass - inari jr train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

You can get to Fushimi Inari with a JR pass.

You’ll see your first torii gate almost as soon as you exit the JR train station. That leads the way to the shrine!

 

 

Fushimi Inari station (Keihan)

How to get to Fushimi inari shrine - fushimi inari keihan train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

The shrine is about a 5-10 minute walk from the Keihan train station.

 

 

Which train station you end up at will depend on which part of Kyoto you’re coming from.

If you’re making Fushimi Inari the first activity of the day, like part of this 2 day Kyoto itinerary, it can be pretty easy to get from Kyoto station to Fushimi Inari by train.

Once at Kyoto station, you’ll follow the signs to Inari!

 

How to get to Fushimi inari shrine: Train to Inari, to Nara, to Uji with JR pass from Kyoto station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

And you want to make sure you’re at the right platform, and that you only take the local train (and not express).

Once you’re on the train, this is a pretty quick ride, about 5-10 minutes.

 

How to get to Fushimi inari shrine: Train to Inari with JR pass from Kyoto station - how much time. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Then following your shrine visit, you can go from Fushimi Inari to Ginkakuji Temple for the Philosopher’s Path walk or Daimonji-yama hike! You’ll get there by train and bus.

 

 

So, let’s say you’re starting your day at Kyoto Station.

This probably means that you’ll start your time around Fushimi Inari at the Inari JR station.

 

Inari train station to Fushimi Inari shrine grounds

Fushimi inari shrine from Inari JR train station exit. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine from Inari JR train station - first torii gate. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine - first torii gate. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine - first torii gates near entry. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

And then…

Keep walking!

Before you get to the row of torii gates, there will be an area that you can explore around.

You’ll see your first fox too if you didn’t see one before. (You’ll see a lot of them as you continue your walk.)

 

Fushimi inari taisha shrine visit near entry grounds. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari taisha shrine visit - fox. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari taisha shrine visit - wash. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari taisha shrine visit near entry grounds. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari taisha shrine visit - fox. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari taisha shrine visit near entry grounds. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

And then…

Another torii gate!

A sign that you’re getting close to the trail of thousands of torii gates. 😉

 

Fushimi inari taisha shrine visit - torii gate near hiking trail. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Fushimi Inari shrine history

The history of this shrine goes back FAR. It’s believed that the origins date back to the year 711, or possibly even further back. Read about it on the official Fushimi Inari Taisha website.

 

 

Fushimi Inari trail map to Mt Inari summit

You’ll see maps when you’re on the Fushimi Inari trail.

 

Fushimi inari shrine hiking trail map with 5,000 torii gates, Kyoto. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

At some point, you’ll want to look at the map to make sure you’re going the right direction.

There might be some parts that are a bit confusing and you’ll wonder if you’re going the wrong way.

Well, if you do end up going the wrong way, that’s a part of the Japan adventure. 😉

And it just means you get to walk through more torii gates!

 

 

Okay, so now…

 

What will you see on the Fushimi Inari trail through the thousands of torii gates?!

 

It’s said that there are over 5,000 torii gates located here.

So now…

Start the hike through 5,000 torii gates!

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk with tourist crowd time. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk with tourist crowd time. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk with tourist crowd time. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk with tourist crowd time. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk with tourist crowd time. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk with tourist crowd time. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

How much time to spend at Fushimi Inari?!

So it seems like many people are happy with a 20-30 minute stroll through the torii gates.

I guess the map can look intimidating with the amount of torii gates that are left to get up to the summit. 😉

 

Fushimi inari shrine hiking trail map to Mt Inari with torii gates, Kyoto. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

But if you are looking to go to other places because you only have a short time in Kyoto, it could be good to give yourself around an hour here, even if you also would be happy with a 20 minute walk through the torii gates.

 

Now…

If you have more time to dedicate to the Fushimi Inari trail…

What does it mean for you that many people turn around after a short walk through the gates?!

It means that after a little while, the crowd can thin out a bit.

And the further up you get, there will be slightly less people.

To do the hike up to the Mt Inari summit and back, it could be good to give yourself a total of around 3 hours at Fushimi Inari.

 

How much does it cost to visit the Fushimi Inari shrine?!

There is NO entrance fee for the Fushimi Inari shrine! This makes is one of the top FREE things to do in Kyoto!

 

You may also like the Gion to Kiyomizu-dera walk!

 

Fushimi inari shrine hike - torii gate walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

HAPPY WALKING THROUGH TORII GATES OF FUSHIMI INARI TAISHA!

 

Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Fushimi Inari!

 



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Hotels in Kyoto
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