May. 11, 2017 UPDATE

A complete guide to Fushimi Inari Shrine

Maybe the most famous among the many sightseeing spots in Kyoto is Fushimi Inari Shrine. Many people head to the shrine to see the mysterious sight of the countless torii gates and the many foxes guarding the shrine.

But Fushimi Inari Shrine is not only about torii gates and foxes, there is a lot more to the over 1000-year old shrine. By reading this feature article you will get a better sense of what Fushimi Inari Shrine really is about, like: What is Fushimi Inari Shrine’s history like? Why are there shrines all the way up the mountain? Why are there so many foxes at Fushimi Inari Shrine? And why are there so many torii gates? What are the most popular Fushimi Inari Shrine souvenirs? You will find the answers to these questions and more by clicking on the links below:
Part 1The historical charm of Fushimi Inari Shrine
This part is about the history and charm of Fushimi Inari Shrine. After reading this you will surely enjoy your visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine even more …
Part 2Going up the mountain through thousands of torii gates
The hiking course to the top of Mt. Inari can be accessed through three main routes: through the “Senbon tori,” or from the north side of the shrine, or from the middle. The middle route is for those who are busy or want to avoid the crowded Senbon torii, but most people will …
Part 3Enjoy some ice cream at the top of Mt. Inari
Heading up, we start from the “Mitsutsuji” crossroad, and head toward the “Yotsutsuji” crossroad, which are respectively names third and fourth crossroads. This “Yotsutsuji” is …
Part 4Get some cute souvenirs and eat some great food and snacks by Fushimi Inari Shrine
After going to Fushimi Inari Shrine, some of you may have gotten a bit tired and want to take a break. There are many shops and food stalls on the street going up to the shrine. Many of the shops around the shrine have been in business for hundreds of years …
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