fushimi inari taisha

fushimi inari taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha Kyoto Travel Guide

Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine is one of the famous shrines in Kyoto that you should visit when you're in the area. It is noticeably adorned with thousands of Tori gate. Built in 711 AD, the shrine is a main worship place for the god of agriculture. More than two million people flocks here during the first three days of new year as the shrine is associated with good luck for business and prosperity. Read more to see what you can find in Fushimi Inari as well as the shrine etiquette guide for foreigners.

How to Go to Fushimi Inari Shrine

You can easily visit Fushimi Inari Shrine by taking JR train Nara line and alight at Inari station. From there you only need to walk a bit then cross the road to reach it. You can also take The Keihan Main line train as an alternative and alight at Fushimi Inari station, but it is a bit further.

Inside the Fushimi Inari Taisha

You will see the main red tori and romon while entering the temple. Fushimi Inari Shrine complex comprises of main tower gate, main halls, omikuji area, and rows of red torii leading up to the peak. All the torii here are sponsored by individuals or companies which you can see their name on the body of the torii, whose wishes or prayers has been granted. There are also some fox statues too which are closely associated with the Inari god.

Shrine Etiquette for Foreigners

General Etiquette in the shrine

You enter a shrine or temple by using the left or right side of the path, not the center one and use the main gate to enter, not the side door. Bow once before entering a shrine, then clean yourself before going to the main building. You can pray, do an omikuji, and viewing afterwards. Before going out, face the shrine and bow again.

Cleaning yourself before entering

Near the entrance of every temple in Japan, there is a water basin area used to clean yourself before entering the temple complex. Here's how to do it: Take the laddle, fill it with water and pour the water onto your left hand then your right hand. Take more water and pour onto your palm to rinse your mouth. Lastly, pour the water over the laddle handle then put it back.

Praying at the shrine

If you want to pray at the shrine, like Fushimi Inari Shrine, here are the steps: Put the 5 yen coin into the box then ring the bell by the handle. Bow twice, clap twice then say your prayer.

Things to Note Before You Go

To visit Kyoto and Osaka freely, don't forget to get your Kansai Wide JR Pass (5 days) to get the most  out of your trip. The pass will enable you to access unlimited travel by Sanyo Shinkansen, rapid services, and local trains in Kansai area. It means you can visit cities like Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Himeji, and more cities without worrying about extra charge for transportation. You can buy the pass online and collect it on JR pass offices upon arrival.

Last but not least, when you're in Japan, it's very convenient to always stay connected. Get the Japan 4G Wifi with unlimited data. You can order it online and pick it up upon arrival at Kansai International Airport.


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  1. I'd love to visit a temple. It's also interesting hearing about the etiquette that surrounds it.

    xo Sarah | Oomph London

  2. I'm loving the Japanese temples so much, they're so beautiful. Loved to learn about something about the etiquettes.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  3. This looks like such a beautiful temple and sounds like a really interesting experience. Thank you for sharing your tips and advice, really useful post! <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

  4. Asian temples are so beautiful! I wish I could visit at least one in my life ❤

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  5. Such a gorgeous place and these pictures are amazing!


  6. What an amazing place!
    I really want to know Japan, the culture and the places are very interesting.


  7. It looks like such a beautiful place to visit! We don't have anything like this in Australia, it would be great to see in person! :)

    Hope you are having a great week :)

    Away From Blue

  8. I'd love to visit Japan some day and Kyoto is definitely on that list! Maybe it could be my next destination once the travel ban is lifted, your post certainly made me want to go even more <3


  9. What an impressive place! Thank you so much for inspiring us with such beautiful pictures!


  10. It is so important to know what is appropriate behavior when visiting religious buildings and places like this! We must be respectful of other cultures and religions. This is a beautiful place, I'm so glad you included the etiquette!

  11. What a beautiful Temple! I would love to travel to Japan one day!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  12. These are beautiful photos of Fushimi Inari!! It's in Kyoto, where my family is from and it's one of my favorite places to visit.


  13. What a beautiful Temple,amazing !

  14. Super useful post!
    Japan in one of my travel list, so any info is welcome!
    amazing temple and great photos!

  15. Wow its impressive and really beautiful


  16. This is a beautiful temple - full of warm sunrise color! Thanks for the presentation!
    Hugs, Traude

  17. Such amazing place!
    we were thinking of Japan for our honeymoon, now we don't eeven know if we will bee able to celebrate our wedding this year...
    have a great week,

  18. Wow, these photos are stunning! I've never been to Japan, but this looks like a brilliant place to visit someday!

    Make Life Marvelous

  19. SO impressive place, amazing shots


  20. I am absolutely devastated right now because I really want to go to Japan but quarantine is making me unable to. These photographs are absolutely gorgeous though!

  21. Very beautiful! xx


  22. SO beautiful!! I love all the red.



  23. I've seen this place all over IG and blogs and wouldn't mind to visit, actually Japan is on my bucket list and one of my best friends lives in Kyoto, hope she can take me to this temple if I go soon!

    All the pictures are breathtaking and that color is so catchy! I imagine this is even better if you see it with your own eyes in real life.


  24. What a beautiful temple, thanks to sharing!!


  25. Wow it looks like an amazing place to visit xo

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  26. Beautiful photos! Temples in Japan are exceptionally beautiful. Thanks for sharing doll. Hope you're staying safe!

    Des | https://www.itsbetterinheels.com

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  28. Great guide about Fushimi Inari!!
    I have been there about a few years ago:)
    A lot of Torii were really amazing!


  29. Great inspiration to dream!


  30. I love that you included how to be respectful and appropriate when visiting the temples! These photos are absolutely gorge - Kyoto has been on my bucketlist for years. Great post! xx

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com


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