Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the most famous Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto God of Rice. It is very famous for its numerous torii gates that lead to the top of the shrine, 233 meters above, and back down. These torii gates are donated by locals and foreigners, mostly businessmen, to bring them luck. Prices of the torii gates differ based on their sizes. It can cost up to 1 million yen.
There are no entrance fees for this tourist spot and there are no closing hours. So if you have a very hectic schedule for the day, you may visit here at night as there are very few tourist spots in Kyoto that are open at night.
It is believed that foxes are Inari’s messengers. That is why there are scattered statues of foxes around the shrine. Wishes and prayers can also be written on fox wish plates that can be bought for a small price. Outside the shrine, you can see restaurants that offer local dishes such as Kitsune Udon or Fox Udon.
WHERE TO EAT
If you happen to be visiting the shrine during the day, there are some food stalls just before the entrance of the shrine. You will see yakitori (grilled chicken), takoyaki, yakisoba, a wide variety of desserts, etc. Also, there are numerous restaurants outside that offers the Kitsune Udon, which comes in rice or in noodles, both comes with aburaage (deep fried tofu skin), which is believed as the favorite food of foxes.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Kyoto station:
* By train – You can ride the JR-Nara Line and get off at Inari Station. From there the shrine may be reached after a short 2-min walk.
* By bus – Catch the bus no. 105 and get off at Inari Taisha Shrine Bus Stop then walk for about 7 min.
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