Fushimi-Inari Walking Tour is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near the city of Kyoto and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
Dedicated to the gods of rice and business, Fushimi-Inari is the main shrine of more than 30,000 such shrines in Japan. To ensure happiness and success in business, many companies and individuals make annual offerings here. Their names are inscribed on the 10,000 or so vermilion-colored Torii, lining the paths throughout this complex. The shrine has existed since the early 8th century (711AD) but all of the buildings are more recent.The complex sits at the base of Inari-san (Mt Inari) and includes trails up the mountain to many other smaller shrines. During "Hatsumoude", where devotees will visit a shrine during New-Year to pray for the year ahead, some 3-to-4 million people will visit Fushimi-Inari. Fushimi-Inari is also a very popular destination for tourists, both local and foreign, and the bus/car-park soon fills up. As the complex is only a few stations out of Kyoto, you can add another destination to your days itinerary before/after your Fushimi-Inari experience. Allow yourself a good 3-hours to stroll through, take photos/video and take-in the very beautiful scenery.
10,000 gates. Quite lovely. Definitely get up early if you want your walk to be more serene and if you'd like your photos to be without people.
Thanks for the guide. It was very clear and I had no trouble following your tour. I went there relatively late, so by the time I hit the 8th/9th stop, it was getting kind of dark. I ended up turning back and didn't go all the way to 11th stop. It was a really great tour and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I took tons of photos there. I even gave an American couple directions with your tour. It was awesome! :-)