Fushimi Inari Shrine

One of the most recognizable stops on our guided Kyoto tour was the Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha) in southern Kyoto.

Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Taisha


The Shinto shrine is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Shinto is a traditional religion of Japan that incorporates the worshiping of ancestors and nature spirits and a belief in sacred power in both animate and inanimate things.

Fushimi Inari Taisha

There are fox statues throughout the grounds which are thought to be Inari’s messengers.

Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fox Statue
Purification Fountain

Yoshiro demonstrated how to purify yourself at the purification fountain.

Cleanse Your Hands

He also showed us how to make a wish at a few different areas, whether it was ringing a bell or picking up a rock.

Fushimi Inari Shrine
Make A Wish

Fushimi Inari Shrine

The most famous sight at Fushimi Inari are the orange torii gates that line several trails behind the main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari. There are over 10,000 torii gates. Amazing!

Fushimi Inari Shrine
The Famous Torii Gates
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Love the Outfit
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Heavy-Light Rocks
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Mini Torii Gates

If you decide to do the full hike through the gates and up the hill and back down, it takes 3-4 hours. There are some souvenir shops and restaurants along the way.

Fushimi Inari Shrine

What’s unique about these particular torii gates is that each one has been donated by a company or organization to give thanks for their prosperity and in hope of good fortune in the future.

10,000 Torii Gates

Fushimi Inari Shrine



Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taishaย  is a must-see while you’re in Kyoto. It’s just another reason to love beautiful Japan!


Fushimi Inari Shrine

After a long day of walking all over Kyoto, I was ready for dinner. I ended up going to Restaurant Star for a hearty and comforting meal of omurice with chicken karaage and fries. Omurice is a fried rice omelette topped with ketchup. It’s a total comfort dish and very popular with the young crowd.

Chicken and Fries
Fried Rice Omelette

Fushimi Inari Taisha
68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho
Fushimi-ku, 612-0882, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-641-7331


Author: Desiree

Desired Tastes is a Food and Travel Blog written by Desiree, a food enthusiast from New Jersey who just wants to see the world and eat good food.

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