The Fushimi Inari shrine is rated one of the top must-see spots in all of Japan. After 11 years of living here, I finally made it down to Kyoto to check it out! The Fushimi Inari shrine is located directly in front of Inari Station making it very easy to get to. That is good because you’re going to need all the energy you can to climb the mountain! You’re also going to need a good pair of comfortable shoes. Don’t make the same mistake that I saw lots of other people making by wearing heels. You’ll regret it.
“You’re going to need a good pair of comfortable shoes”
The entrance to the Fushimi Inari shrine has the most concentrated number of torii gates, and you’ll probably want to try to take a nice photo here… don’t do it! The number of people crowded around will probably make it impossible to take one without someone else in the background. I recommend waiting until you’re closer to the top of the mountain. The crowd will thin out and you’ll have many opportunities to take photos with the gates when no one else is around.
“Fox-themed goods that would make great souvenirs”
As we reached the top of the mountain I was expecting to find something exciting, but it’s just more of what you saw on the way up. Gates and shrines, so don’t get too excited. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the hike though. There are several neat souvenir shops on the way up selling fox themed goods that would make great souvenirs. Also the views of the city below are gorgeous.
You’ll find some small cafes selling drinks and sweets. Once you get back down to the bottom of the mountain there is a long row of stands selling popular street foods like corn-on-the-cob and yakitori. Overall I can see why the Fushimi Inari shrine is popular, the thousands of brightly colored torii gates are absolutely breathtaking! If you find yourself in Kyoto make sure not to miss it.