Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.
Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari Shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital’s move to Kyoto in 794… read more…
About access to Fushimi-inari,
Bikes will take you there in 10 to 15 min.
If you like to take train, I recommend to start from Tofuku-ji station which is about 15 min walk from your stay, within 10 min by bike.
There is a bike parking just before the station, under the elevating road. 24hours open. Free for first one hour, 150Yen/day.
Tofukuji station has 2 lines (JR-line and Keihan Main-line). So you can use JR rail pass for JR line.
There are 2 stations near Fushimi Inari (Inari station on the JR-line and Fushimi Inari Station on the Heihan main line), both are OK to access to the shrine. JR-line’s Inari station is located just in front of the main gate. Heihan-line’s Fushimiinari-station is about 10 min walk from the shrine, but there are many stalls and shops on the way 🙂