I’ve always been fascinated with photos from Fushimi Inari Shrine, and I felt that my trip to Kyoto wouldn’t be complete without seeing it so I did!
Fushimi Inari Shrine is very accessible. It’s just a few minutes-walk away from Keihan Electric Railway Mainline’s Fushimi Inari station. JR’s Nara Line Inari Station is even closer to the shrine itself.
The thousand gates traversing Mt. Inari might be the most popular feature of the shrines, but there are several structures meant for private worship. More than a photo op or two, Fushimi Inari Shrine certainly offers a taste of Japan’s history and spirituality.
And now, the pics!
what the fox say?! (sorry, just had to say it. haha!) on a serious note, foxes are regarded as messengers and are a common fixture in the Inari shrines
the two-storied gate
like what I mentioned earlier, Fushimi Inari Shrine is more than just the iconic torii. Seeing this map was an “oh, wow!” moment for me
it’s busy in this part of the town all year round. I can only imagine what it looks like during the new year!
While crossing the gates, I’ve been preoccupied to get a clear shot of the gates. It got a little stressful at times and took away some of the awe I should be immersing myself in.
After getting a clear shot of the path, seeing stairs like these remind me that Fushimi Inari taisha is on a *mountain* and before coming here, I’d already been walking all day. But the cool and fresh air kept me going, plus the curiosity over what lies ahead (mostly because I gave up looking at the map)
more shrines and temples when I got back down (I gave up maybe 1/3 of the way because I found the air getting thinner)
it was a joy exploring Fushimi Inari Shrine! Maybe next time I’ll be prepared enough to reach the summit!
There are food stalls and souvenir shops at the foot of the shrine, too.
For me, Fushimi Inari Shrine is definitely a must-see! Just make sure to wear comfortable shoes, get hydrated, and be prepared to climb.