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Fushimi-Inari Walking Tour is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 551 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

River

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Wildlife

Historic site

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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.

Any-time of the year is a good time to visit Fushimi-Inari, however spring (April/May), to experience "Cherry Blossom" season, or Autumn (October/November) for the many colors that will be abound at this time of year are the best times. There are plenty of stores in the area, between the rail-stations and the complex, to purchase something to eat & drink. At the summit there is a Japanese Tea-House and a seating area which gives you great-views over the Southern Suburbs of Kyoto City.

Access, by rail, would be by J.R.Nara Line Inari Station, or Keihan Main Line Fushimi-Inari Station. Both stations are a 10-minute ride from Kyoto.

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Carolyn Shinsato
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Hiking

Places in Japan are otherworldly and this hike is no exception. Being able to walk through hundreds of years of history through this shrine is always a special experience. There's a sense of tranquility here the deeper you into the shrine through the hundreds of vermillion torii gates away from the touristed and more highly trafficked paths towards the beginning. There are restrooms along the hike, an abundance of shade, and some snack stops like tea houses and ice creams along the way. That being said be prepared to spend a substantial amount of time here (close to a half day) if you want to complete the full circuit depending on how crowded it has the potential to be and having time to take in different viewpoint sites. And be prepared for your legs to burn as it is mostly paved steps both uphill and downhill. Note you can start the hike before the shrine officially opens to the public as the grounds are open 24/7. You just won't have access to public services.

Dan T
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I did it a few times, during different seasons and it changes so much that it's worth coming back for another go. Highly recommended!

Alice Pomme Brodu Geant
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ready easy! so beautiful! I did it on New year's Eve Wich is the time of the year when everyone goes to the shrine so it was a bit crowded but definitely worth it!!

Paige Cattledog
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Hiking

Just too many people. We took the turn and went through "竹の下道" to the top of the Inari Mountain.

N G
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A must do!

Gustavo A F.
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Very interesting views. Nice walk and lots of shrines. Worth it.

Oeyvind Groedem
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Brett McDonald
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a walk like no other in the world, scattered with traditional temples, shrines, statues and Torii. continue all the way to the top. a lot of people stop at the Kyoto viewing station. peaceful

Nicole Card
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Hiking

This is a great hike! You see both beautiful nature and architecture. There are a lot of stairs to climb but there's plenty to see without getting to the top for different fitness levels. There isn't any exceptional view from the top, so the enjoyment comes from the journey and the I did it! feels at the summit. You also get to enjoy the Shinto spiritual atmosphere and appreciate the culture and nature. It was quite busy the day I went, but it felt nice to share the feeling with so many people. It's well maintained and definitely not wilderness hiking. Definitely worth visiting :)

Laryn Lee
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Lovely, picturesque, serene if go on weekday & early morning (by 7:30AM). Good workout too.

Andy Berman
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GT W
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Definitely a hike. Hundreds of steps up and down around the mountain here surrounded by bright red torii or gates. It's a magical experience everyone should do in their lifetime. World class.

Mike Walker
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Hiking

Extremely pretty, with a staggering number of gates to get lost in. It's easy to miss some offshoots with all the loops, so plan ahead if you're a completionist. As others have no doubt said, if you want to avoid crowds, get there early - 7:00 AM at the latest. And for God's sake, dodge the cherry blossom season!

Coco ❤️
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Unfortunately, the app kept shut down on me while I was recording so I gave up recording. If you're in Kyoto, you don't want to miss this place! There are no fees to get in. Amazing place to be! You can get a good exercise by running up to the stairs. Recommend to go during the day since it gets really dark at night with even some lights. I completed the whole torii loops, truly amazing place to be! I will come back with my workout outfit next time, high heels took me little longer to finish it, although I got it done in about 2.5 hours by running up and down!

J V
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Can be a crowded walk, although it thins out a little as you get higher up. You can step off the main trail at some points and walk outside the gates for a different perspective (and fewer people).

Sourangsu Bandyapadhyay
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A really nice moderate trek if you are visiting Kyoto for a single day and love to visit a picturesque place in Kyoto.

Brian Fujikawa
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Hiking

A Shinto shrine. Mostly paved with a lot of stairs. Many small shrines along the way. Tori gates cover much of the trail. Nice view of Kyoto half way up. The trail is lit after dark. Many shops for food and souvenirs, but only open during the day. Lots of vending machines - so, it’s not necessary to bring water. The All Trails map is missing half of the loop trail at the top of the mountain.

Blake Bambridge
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Pretty an very easy to navigate.

LR Blount
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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.

David Platt
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Walking

Absolutely stunning. I may have spent more time taking photos than walking, in fact. At night the gates are all lit up for an out-of-this-world experience

WS P
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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! :-)

Christine Alveblad
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Chandler Mays
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David Mellul
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Chris Brooks
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Daniel Scheipers
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Myles G.
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Sierra Mahoney
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Veronica O.
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Chris Packer
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