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Fushimi Inari Shrine @ Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine

During my 1st visit to Japan, I visited a lot of temples and while they were interesting, I think after a couple of temples, they were all starting to look the same. So this time around, we decided that we would skip most of the temple visit and only visit a few really interesting ones.  On the top of the list  is the Fushimi Inari Shrine in southern Kyoto. Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for its vermillion gates – thousands of them!

 From Kyoto Station to Fushimi Inari Temple (JR Inari Station):
 Train: JR Nara Line
 Costs: ¥140 (USD$1.30) (child price is 50%) *FREE if you have the Japan Rail Pass
 Travel Time: 5 minutes

JR Inari Station
JR Inari Station

After getting out of the JR Inari Station and walking for about 5 minutes, you will get to this main entrance. This was at 8:30 am and it was already starting to get crowded.

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine Entrance

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine

There is a map of the temple grounds near the entrance. The hike to the top & back will take about 2-3 hours. We only managed to hike halfway up before coming down a different route.

Fushimi Inari Shrine Map

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

The vermillion torii gates were donated by people and the name and date of the donors are inscribed on the back of each gate

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari shrine

Seeing double?? It’s actually 2 separate paths that you can take. Fushimi Inari shrine

More torii
Fushimi Inari shrine

There are some shops that’ll souvenirs, drinks and food.  While waiting for Qdad to return ( he went all the way to the top!!), we sat and did a little people-watching. I love to watch all the kimonos. There was a group of school children that were all dressed in kimonos and yukatas probably on a school trip. Lots of tourists asked to take photos with them because they looked really nice in their Japanese traditional outfits.

Fushimi Inari shrine

On the way out of the temple, we came across some interesting food stalls. So pretty!

Fushimi Inari shrine

We got some yummy pork belly skewers. So yummy!

Fushimi Inari shrine

This is the 1st time I’ve ever seen fresh orange juice like this! They drilled a hole in an orange, use a tool to kinda mush up the insides and stuck a straw in it. Can’t get any fresher than this, right?

Fushimi Inari shrine

Travel Tip:

  • It can get really crowded, so early in the morning or late evening and during weekdays to avoid crowds
  • Wear good walking / hiking shoes if you intend to climb up the hills
  • Bring water especially if you are going in the summer
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