Fushimi Inari Shrine is a shrine famous for it’s bright orange Torii gates. It’s the shrine for the god Inari. Inari is traditionally the god of rice but businessmen also worshiped Inari. Most of the orange torii gates are donated by businesses. The Fushimi Inari Shrine sits on the base of the mountain. I had come here before and it was one of my favorite places in Kyoto so I decided to include it on this trip again.
HOW TO GET THERE
Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 612-0882, Japan
Phone: +81 75-641-7331
Station: JR Inari Station
Hours: Always open
From Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, we took the train going back to Kyoto. Then from Kyoto station, we took the train to JR Inari Station. The station is right across the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
At the front, there were a lot of places to say your prayer and ring the bell. There are also places to buy charms and souvenirs.
The time we went there was golden week and there were a lot of people. Last time I was there, there were also a lot of people but you can have sections where you can still take photos just by yourself. This time though, there was just a lot of people. You can hardly take any photo without any people in them.
There are a lot of stairs so it’s not for the faint of heart. We only got to the middle part because if you go all the way up, it takes approximately 2 hours and we just didn’t have the time for that.. or energy. 😀 It is said that there are great views of Kyoto up top.
By the time we reached the bottom, it had started to rain. We ate our sandwiches for our quick lunch on the stairs and just people watched for a bit before we made our way to our next site – Kyomizudera.