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.
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
Fushimi Inari Keihan train station
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:
- Train to Fushimi Inari
- Walked up to the summit of the Fushimi Inari shrine trail
- Train and bus from Fushimi Inari to near Ginkakuji Temple (no temple visit this time – but that was part of the philosopher’s path walk)
- Daimonji-yama hike for city views
How to know which train line to take to get to Fushimi inari shrine?!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Get off at the Inari station!
And then from there, you’ll pretty quickly figure out where to go!
Off to the Fushimi Inari Shrine you go!
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!
- Day 1: Top tourist spots with one day bus pass
- Day 2: Fushimi inari shrine hike
- Day 3: Philosopher’s Path walk
- Day 4: Arashiyama and Sagano
- Day 5: Kurama Kibune Ohara with one day pass
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For more on planning your trip to Kyoto, see the 1-day, 2-day, and 5-day Kyoto itineraries. If you'll be in Kyoto in the spring, also see the 1-day cherry blossom photo walk.
Hotels in KyotoSearch for deals on Kyoto hotels here.
For hostels across Japan, try this top backpacker's hostel chain.
Kyoto can also be a good place to stay at a Japanese-style ryokan, like this one. Or if you're on more of a budget, try this one.
Also use the map below to see more hotels in Kyoto!
The super fast train in JapanIn general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it.
See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
See an example of traveling by the fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto.
NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)
There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.
You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)
I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!
The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.
So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.
Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.
If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!
Natural disasters in JapanUnfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.
My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.
See how much insurance costs for your trip.
Best travel guides for JapanIf you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.
For "books" that won't take up space in your suitcase, see the best PDF guides.
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- Where to go for famous Mt Fuji views as seen in pictures
- Know before you go to Hiroshima
- One day in Miyajima with famous floating torii views
- 3 days in Okinawa, Japan's tropical islands
- Cherry blossom photo walk
- When is the JR pass worth it for train travel?
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