Introducing Fushimi Inari Shrine | Stunning Scenery of Japan | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

A tunnel of red torii that leads to a world where a god dwells

The headquarters of all 30,000 some Inari shrines in Japan, to Japanese people Fushimi Inari Shrine is a familiar entity. The whole of Mt. Inari is an object of worship, and torii are to be seen standing everywhere along the 4-km mountain walking route. Among them, the Senbon Torii (thousand torii) stand one after another other to create a red tunnel from the main shrine to the Okusha (inner shrine). The torii are symbols which both separate and join the world of humans from the world where the god of the shrine dwells, and you will feel yourself drawing nearer to the world of the god with each one you pass under. They create a truly mystical prospect of absolute beauty.

※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).

  • Viewing period:
  • All year round
  • Challenge level:
  • ★☆☆
  • Feeling:
  • Divine

Travel advice

Fushimi Inari Shrine can visited any time and its precincts are open 24 hours a day. Furthermore, admission is free. Care should be taken if intending to see prayers being incanted, as times for such activities are fixed. It is said that if you make a wish at the back of the innermost sanctuary and then pick up the "omokaru-ishi" stone there, the wish will come true if the stone feels lighter than you expected, and not come true if it feels heavier. Well, it's got to be worth a try, hasn't it?

The pleasure of travel: Fushimi Inari Shrine

Kyoto is one of the most famous tourist areas in Japan. We recommended visiting other temples and shrines that are located around the Fushimi Inari Shrine, too. Also, Kyoto has popular spots for each season with something to enjoy, such as sakura trees in spring and maple leaves in autumn. Feel the seasons on a journey to the World Heritage Sites of Kiyomizu-dera, Ninna-ji, and Toji. You can choose from a wide selection of meals from authentic Kyo-kaiseki to local gourmet fare. For souvenirs from Kyoto, try the Nishiki Market where you will many find long-established shops and unique stores.

Toji (Kyoo-Gokoku-ji Temple)

Sohonke Nishin-soba, Matsuba

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updated on Mar 27, 2015