Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train, public transportation. How to get to Fushimi inari shrine. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel blog

 

So the Fushimi Inari Shrine hike where you get to see potentially 5,000 torii gates is one of the top things to do in Kyoto.

And getting to Fushimi Inari from Kyoto Station can be pretty easy.

 

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train - JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train - JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train station to shrine trail. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Train stations near Fushimi Inari shrine

There are 2 train stations near the shrine.

When coming from Kyoto Station, the JR train can be the most convenient, whether you’re traveling with or without a JR pass.

 

The train stations near the Fushimi Inari shrine:

  • Inari train station on the JR line (almost directly across the shrine entry)
  • Fushimi Inari train station on the Keihan line (about a 5-10 minute walk)

 

 

Inari JR train station

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train. Inari JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train. Inari JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train. Inari JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Fushimi Inari Keihan train station

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train. Fushimi Inari Keihan train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train. Fushimi Inari Keihan train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train. Fushimi Inari Keihan train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

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:

 

 

Now…

How to know which train line to take to get to Fushimi inari shrine?!

Google maps!

This can be a reliable way to get around Kyoto in general.

So while the JR train can be good coming from Kyoto station, if you’ll be coming from another part of Kyoto, Google maps might send you on the Keihan line, and it’ll still be a pretty convenient train station to get to the shrine.

Likewise, you might end up taking the Keihan line to get to your next destination after your visit to the shrine.

 

If you want to figure out the best way to get around Kyoto using your JR pass (or to figure out if it’s better to not use it) the Japan Travel Navitime app can be helpful. There’s an option that will let you filter it out to show you the best way to go when using a JR pass.

 

 

Now…

JR train at Kyoto station

What is one thing that makes taking the train to the Fushimi Inari shrine easy?!

There is a sign that says “Inari” on it!

 

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train to Inari, to Nara, to Uji - JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

So then you are looking to take that train bound for Inari.

 

 

You want to take the local train to Inari

You will want to make sure to take the “local” train and not the “express” train.

The express train won’t stop at Inari.

 

 

How to know if a train is local or express?!

If you use Google Maps, then it’ll tell you the departure time of the train to take, so that can be your first clue!

But otherwise, you can look at the sign too.

I only got pictures in Japanese, but it switches across to English too.

Here, in the far left column, the green indicates local.

 

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train timings to Inari, to Nara, to Uji - JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train timings - local train or express train to Nara. JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

In the far right column will tell you which platform to go to, so be sure to go to the correct one!

Once you have spotted the sign for Inari, take a look at what platform the next train will be arriving at, and then head on over to that platform!

 

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train - JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train - JR train station with vending machines. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Once you’re at the platform, there will be a sign indicating which train has arrived.

So again, just be sure to get on the “local” train.

 

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train - JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train timings - local train or express train to Nara. JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

These trains to Inari are the same ones that you can take to get to Nara with a JR pass.

It’s not the only option if you’re traveling without a JR pass though – see how to get from Kyoto to Nara with and without a JR pass.

And Nara makes a good day trip from Kyoto too – also see how to spend one day in Nara.

When you’re going to Nara, you can take the express train.

 

 

So once the train has arrived…

Get on the train to Inari!

This is a short ride so don’t get too comfortable!

It’ll be a 5-10 minute train ride.

 

 

 

Then…

Get off at the Inari station!

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train. Inari JR train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

And then from there, you’ll pretty quickly figure out where to go!

 

 

Off to the Fushimi Inari Shrine you go!

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train station to shrine walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train station to shrine entry walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train station to shrine entry walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train station to shrine entry walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train station to shrine trail. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Fushimi inari train station to shrine trail. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

HAPPY KYOTO STATION TO FUSHIMI INARI TRAIN RIDE!

 

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

 



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