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.

Thousands of torii gates greet visitors as they walk around the shrine grounds.
 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)
 Entrance Fee  FREE
 Average time required to tour  1 – 2 hours
 Popular for  Thousands of  torii gates and hundreds of fox sculptures

WHAT?

What is the shrine for?

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. It is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.

The Main Shrine of Fushimi Inari Taisha.

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.

WHO?

Who should visit the shrine?
Locals go here to pray for good marriage and successful entrance to good schools and universities.

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.

 

WHEN?

When is the best time to 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.

Entrance to the shrine grounds on a weekend.