Kyoto Fushimi Inari

Kyoto Fushimi Inari

One more place not to be missed in Kyoto. Fushimi Inari is one of the most attractive places for visitors to Japan. Many advantages make it an essential place. It is already a place very quickly accessible from the city center and from Kyoto station in a few minutes. It is also a free visit. There is therefore no entrance ticket. The site is freely accessible. It is necessary to plan a good half day to make the most of the place. Indeed, by making a complete tour of the site, it is possible to make a long walk. If we add the time to land, take pictures, or even go shopping, plan your time to enjoy quietly. Tori’s suite is an exceptional experience to behold, with a mile long alignment of these red pagodas.

The shrine was founded in 711 before Kyoto became Japan’s capital. The path leading up 233 meter tall Mt. Inari is dotted with many stone altars and marked by approximately 10 000 torii gates. This long tunnel of vibrant orange torii gates is an iconic sight in Kyoto. Companies and individuals from all over Japan dedicate torii gates to shrines because of their divine properties for business prosperity. Some of the torii were dedicated in the Edo period during 1603 -1867. The main shrine is set at the back of the lower complex situated at the base of the mountain.

This shrine dedicated to the god of rice and sake in the 8th century, also features dozens of statues of foxes. The fox is seen as the messenger of the god of grain foods, Inari, and the stone foxes are also known by the same name. The keys often depicted in the fox mouths are keys to granaries.

To go in Fushimi Inari, the best thing to do is to take the JR Nara Line to Inari Station. The shrine is located in front of the Inari Station. Alternatively, you can take the Keihan Line to Fushimi Inari Station. It’s about a 7 minute walk from there.

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