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Facts & Figures

Fushimi Inari Taisha (Fushimi Inari Shrine) is one of the most popular, well-known, impressive and memorable Shinto shrines in all of Kyoto. The shrine is famous for its endless arcades of thousands of vermilion torii gates along the 4km pathway up the sacred mountain Inari (233 metres). The pathway connects the main shrine with the inner shrine. Do not miss the great view over the city from the top of Inariyama.

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The head shrine of Inari represents app. 40000 Inari shrines throughout Japan. The shrine was dedicated to the gods of rice and sake and as the patron of prosperity in business. Btw each of the vermilion torii gates was a donation by individuals and companies. If you are interested to donate it will cost you "only" 1 million yen for such a gate. Many fox statues, altars and fountains are visible all over the shrine complex. Foxes are considered as Inari's messengers with magical powers.

  • Fushimi Inari-Taisha:
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (December to March)
  • Opening Hours - whole year, 24 hours/day
  • Admission Fee - free

History

Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Kyoto. Founded by the Hata family (Hata-no-Irogu) in 711. The enshrined deity of Fushimi Inari Taisha is called Inari Okami. In 942 Fushimi Inari Taisha was promoted to the highest rank for Shinto shrines. Between 1871 and 1946 the shrine was one of government supported shrines (Kanpei-taisha). In 2011 the 1300th anniversary of its founding was celebrated.

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Fushimi Inari Taisha is located in Fushimi-ku (ward) in Kyoto.
Address: 68 Fukakusa, Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto

How to get to Fushimi Inari Shrine?

  • 5min from Kyoto Station to JR Inari Station by JR Nara Line or
  • 2min walk from Fushimi Inari Station along Keihan Main Line

Sightseeing spots

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Romon Gate at the entrance - donated in 1589 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536 - 1598), famous politician and general of the Sengoku period

Senbon Torii ("thousands of torii gates") - 4km hiking trail starts with two parallel rows of torii gates

Yotsutsuji intersection - take a break on your hiking tour and enjoy here the great view over Kyoto

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

January

Hatsu-mode (New Year's first shrine visit) (first days in January)
Thousands of visitors come to the shrine to pray for good fortune and a successful year.

April

Sangyo-sai festival (lit. "Industry Festival") (8th)
This festival at the Fushimi Inari Shrine has the aim to ensure the prosperity of the nation's industry. On that day dances are performed and offerings are given in large quantities.

Inari-sai, Shinko-sai (20th)
Inari-sai is the most important shrine festival of the year. Portable Inari shrines are carried to the Shinto shrine area to receive blessings by the priest.

May

Aoi Matsuri in Kyoto (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.

July

Gion Matsuri in Kyoto (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).

October

Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") in Kyoto (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

Nukiho Matsuri (rice harvest festival) (25th)
The ritual of rice harvesting is performed at Fushimi Inari Taisha by women wearing traditional Shinto dresses accompanied by sacred dances.

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