Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto, Japan


What can you expect:

Fushimi Inari-taisha is the head shrine of the kami Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Fushimi Inari Taisha is a popular shrine in Kyoto and is always open. It is especially beautiful at night, and this post features night photos and tips. Visiting Fushimi Inari after sunset is one of the best travel hacks for Japan, as you can avoid crowds at Fushimi Inari by visiting in the evening.

It is a temple with thousands of orange / red gates that eventually form a path and come out on top of the mountain. Kyoto has an enormous amount of temples, so you will definitely have to make a selection, but this should definitely not be missed. On a path of 4 kilometers you walk through the forest under the many torii on the way to the top of the mountain.

Many people visit this shrine to pray for divine favors and acquire an amulet or other charms.

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The Fushimi Inari Taisha is free.

Having no entrance fee is a unique feature among Kyoto’s shrines. To avoid the crowds, we recommend visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine early in the morning, between 7 and 8 am or during the night.

Opening hours:

The shrine officially opens at 09:00 and closes at 17:00 but it’s technically open 24 hours. The best times to go are early morning and evening. This is when the tourist buses aren’t there and you can be at peace with nature as you climb up the mountain

Photographer: Jason Kenny

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