Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine [Kyoto]



Fushimi Inari Taisha is a Shinto shrine located in Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. Formerly known as “Inari Shrine. The main shrine is located at the foot of Mt. It is the head shrine of the Inari Shrines, of which there are said to be about 30,000 throughout Japan, and is the god of prosperity and a good harvest.


The five deities are as follows. These deities are said to be the divine namesake of Inari-no-Okami’s vast divine virtues. Uganomikoto-okami, the main deity, is enshrined in the central lower shrine, Sadahiko-okami in the central shrine, and Omiya-noue-no-okami in the upper shrine. Together with the regent shrines on either side, Tanaka-okami and Shida-okami, which were joined to the main shrine in 1499, the five gods are enshrined in Ichiuden (a form of shrine building in which all the gods are enshrined in one building).



If you only visit Fushimi Inari Taisha, it will take less than 30 minutes, but if you visit all of Mount Inari, it will consume a lot of time and you will feel tired. It takes about 2 hours to reach the top of the mountain, and about 3 hours to go all the way around.

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One of the most popular attractions of Fushimi Inari Taisha is the “Senbon-torii” (a series of 1,000 torii gates). The sight of a row of vermilion-lacquered torii gates is something every Japanese person should see at least once. This is said to be due to the widespread dedication of torii gates during the Edo period (1603-1867) and later, as a way of expressing gratitude that one’s wishes were granted or granted.

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Today, it is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto, and is extremely crowded with tourists and travelers from Japan and abroad. If you want to let everyone know you’ve been to Kyoto with an Instagram photo, this may be the place to go, but if you want to experience the tranquility of the shrine grounds, I found it difficult.

There is a branch shrine of Fushimi Inari in Kyoto in Tokyo. It is not well known to the people of Tokyo, and there are not many worshippers, so if you are in Tokyo, please drop by and visit.


Manager’s comment.

There were many international tourists, and many of them seemed to have bad manners, talking loudly and occupying the area in front of the torii gate to take pictures. Everyone comes here to take pictures for Instagram, but the line of people eventually never stops because thousands of people are squeezed into the line at the torii gate that you have to pass through there. You should probably come before 8:00 a.m. to visit the shrine.

my opinion

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

68 Yabunouchi-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, 612-0882, Japan

About 1 minute walk from JR Inari Station

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