Fushimi Inari, officially known as Fushimi Inari Taisha, is a beautiful Shinto shrine in south Kyoto famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates and fox statues. Fushimi Inari Shrine, or Oinari-san, is the head shrine of all 30,000 Inari shrines in Japan.
The shrine was founded in 711 and has since attracted a wealth of visitors seeking to pray for prosperity—not to mention catch a glimpse of the aforementioned tunnels of red torii gates.
Conquering the full 12,000 steps to get to the main shrine could be seen as a suitably arduous task for those seeking their wishes to be granted.
Although it is common to stop at the halfway point where popular omikuji (fortunes) and omamori (amulets) are sold, it is possible to explore the whole shrine grounds.
Over ten thousand torii gates can be passed through and hiking the full course can take two to three hours.
If you don’t have the time (or energy) to spare on a full hike, why not travel up to one of the checkpoints and enjoy a bowl of Kitsune Udon (fox udon) or Inari Zushi (fox sushi).
Both dishes are made with aburaage, fried tofu, which is said to be a favorite food of foxes. They make for a great meal and replenish your energy for the remaining hike.
One minute walk from Inari station (JR Nara Line), or a 4-minute walk from Fushimi-Inari Station (Keihan Main Line) just beyond.
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