The Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社 “Fushimi Inari Taisha) is one of the best tourist spot to go in Japan. It is famous for several long paths of thousands torii gates and vast number of fox sculptures. The shrine area is actually a mountain (Mt. Inari) at 233 meters high. The trail of torii gates actually guides you on your way to reach the top of the mountain.
|Official Name||Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社)|
|Access / Nearest train station||
Fushimi-Inari station – Keihan Main Line, local train (5 mins walk)
Inari station – JR Nara Line, local Train (1 min walk)
|Business Hours||Always Open (24/7)|
|Average time required to tour||1 – 2 hours|
|Popular for||Thousands of torii gates and hundreds of fox sculptures|
The Fushimi Inari Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. It is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.
What do the foxes stand for?
The foxes are said to be the Shinto god Inari’s messengers. You can observe that either the foxes are holding a ball or a stick in their mouths.
The long network of torii gates are also a popular profile picture background for social media accounts of many tourists. If you want to have a good marriage, a successful school entrance exam, or a great profile picture background, you should definitely pay a visit.
The shrine is always open 24 hours, 7 days a week so travelers have a lot of flexibility. The recommended days and time to visit are on early mornings (around 7:00 – 9:00 A.M.) during weekdays. The busiest days are on weekends.