The famous Torii trail of Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan.  The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 meters above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and takes approximately 2 hours to walk up.

Since early Japan, Inari was seen as the patron of business, and merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshipped Inari. Each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by a Japanese business. First and foremost, though, Inari is the god of rice.

According to TripAdvisor, Fushimi Inari Taisha is the No. 1 touristic place in Japan for foreign visitors. It is perhaps the single most impressive sight in all of Kyoto, bar none, and is the most important shrine in the entire city. A must see!

It is a stunning place and is extremely photogenic.  On the way to the Shrine, you can stop at another amazing place, Tofuku-Ji Temple, one of the best spots in Kyoto to admire the color of Autumn (Kôyô).

Practical Info

English address: 68 Yabunouchi-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku

Japanese address: 伏見区深草藪之内町68

Opening hours:  Dawn to dusk

Admission:  Free

Nearest Transport:

5 min walk from Inari Station, JR Nara line 10 min walk from Fushimi Inari Station, Keihan line