Picture yourself on a hill. Though only a five-minute train ride from one of Japan’s most famous cities, you are surrounded by nature and one of the country’s most iconic symbols; the torii gate.
Easy to Get There
With a large torii gate across from the station, aptly named Inari Station, this renowned destination is very easy to access. Pass through the torii gate and you will find the main halls for Shinto shrines. I recommend you go in the morning on the first day of any month to catch a glimpse of the priests and priestesses of the shrine performing Tsuki-no-misai, a traditional Shinto rite
Where to Next?
A map of Fushimi Inari’s trail route is also available for visitors.
The torii gates, painted in an auspicious orange color, are a magnificent site to behold. They form a tunnel through which visitors ascend. The torii gates are really beautiful, standing in contrast, yet perfect harmony with the lush green forest of the mountain.
A Place to Pray and Rest
If you feel tired during your trek, there are several rest areas with vending machines or cafes where you can sit and enjoy not only refreshments, but the surrounding nature as well. There are also shrines where you may purchase candles to light and offer up a prayer.
A Sightseer’s Heaven
When planning to sightsee in Japan, there’s no doubt that Kyoto, and Fushimi Inari Shrine will be at the top of the list for many. Dedicated to the goddess, Inari, the patron deity for rice, sake, and prosperity, the ten thousand torii gates of the shrine are a treasure of Japan. It certainly doesn’t leave any room for doubt as to why Fushimi Inari Shrine is among Japan’s top ten tourist destinations.
Article and Photographs by Lauren DiSabato
Fushimi Inari Shrine
612-0882 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Fushimi Ward, Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, ６８