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Fushimi Inari, Kyoto

November 2018
Day 3 in Kyoto we will be visiting attractions closer to town starting with Fushimi Inari shrine. Taking the JR Nara Line from Kyoto train station, we got off at JR Inari station. It was a short 15 minutes train ride. As soon as you exit the JR Inari Station, you will see the first reddish coloured main gate of the shrine right across the station.

If you have taken a train using the Keihan Line, you’ll be getting off at Keihan Fushimi-Inari station. This is a different station from the above and you’ll have to do a fair bit of walking to get to the entrance of the shrine, 500 meters or so.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Entrance to the shrine as seen from JR Inari station.

Fushimi Inari shrine

JR Inari station (in the background) right across the entrance to the shrine.

Fushimi Inari is a shrine famous for it’s thousand of gates called torii. The reddish color represents the colour of the sun. These gates were paid for or donated by local businesses and individuals. On the left of the torii, are the name of the company or person who donated it. On the right, you will see the date it was donated.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Another torii before the main gate.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Main gate of the shrine.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Inari Fox watching from the main gate.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Area map of Fushimi Inari shrine.

The shrine is open 24 hours with no entry fees. The best times to come is in the early mornings and late evenings to avoid the crowds. The walk along the torii involves stair climbing, but nothing strenuous.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Dance stage after the main gate.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Entrance to Higashimaru-jinja shrine. A shrine within a shrine.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Miniature torii souvenirs and good luck charms

On the day of our visit it started to drizzle when we reached the shrine office. Past the shrine office, you will see a flight of stairs that will take you to the torii leading to the inner shrine. Just when we were about to start our walk at the torri pathway, the drizzle turned into a heavy downpour, true to the weather forecast for the day. Luckily there was a shelter nearby and we waded for the rain to pass by.

Fushimi Inari shrine

First steps after the shrine’s office towards the torii pathway to the inner shrine. Umbrellas already up.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Heavy downpour starting. Those without umbrellas were drenched.

Fushimi Inari shrine

With the downpour subsided, time for the cameras, hand phones & selfie sticks to come up.

The path of these torii will lead to the inner shrine taking you through an impressive arcade of giant torii. Further in, the toriis are much smaller and shorter in height, The walk isn’t long and soon we reached the inner shrine and the drizzle started again.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Further in, the toriis are smaller in size.

Fushimi Inari shrine

During this section of the torii, it started to drizzle again.

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The inner shrine with many students around.

From the inner shrine, the walk to the upper shrine gets you through yet more torii. Go this way to reach the upper shrine. We did not continue further as the drizzle was getting heavier and we decided to turn back. Half way down, you will have to take a detour out of the torii for an exit route to the entrance. On the way out, we took shelter at a tea house waiting for the rain to stop.

Fushimi Inari shrine

A small stream just before the tea house.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Autumn foliage starting.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Tea house overlooking towards a small garden.

Once the rain was over, crowd of visitors started to arrive. We couldn’t imagine how big it will grow especially the rain halted visitors for a good hour or so. And we couldn’t imagine how the ‘traffic jam’ be like in the torii with visitors stopping to pose for photos and selfies.

The rain was actually a blessing for us as we got a ‘clear’ path with few visitors when we went through the torii right after the rain subsided. My wish of getting a few photos of the torii empty realised.

Fushimi Inari shrine

After the rain, the crowd starts to come.

Fushimi Inari shrine

Kimono girls also making their way out.