Fushimi Inari Taisha – Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Taisha - Kyoto
Fushimi Inari Taisha – Kyoto

Again from my recent trip to Japan. This time I was at the Fushimi-ku, in Kyoto, the small mountain where sits the head shrine of Inari.

Location: Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. Location of the Fushimi Inari Taisha.

What to shot: Inari is the god of rice, also seen as the patron of business. That’s why merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshipped Inari. Each of the torii (traditional Japanese gate) at Fushimi Inari Taisha is inscribed with symbols, as they are a sort of advertising donated by a Japanese businesses. Walking up and down the mountain throughout the 4 kilometers of trails you will find thousands and thousands of torii and smaller shrines. It is up to you where to stop and photograph, but consider that as you walk up to the hill both torii and people became less frequent.

Ideal time to shot: The shrine is alway open, but I strongly suggest to avoid rush hours, unless you are willing to fight with hundreds of people to take your pictures, and planning to use your tripod just to move through the crowd. Night hours are perfect to get the peace and quiet you need, and also some thrill since the location get quite gloomy.

Gear: Standard zooms.

How to get there: Fushimi Inari Shrine is located just outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line (5 minutes, 140 yen one way from Kyoto Station). The shrine can also be reached in a short walk from Fushimi Inari Station along the Keihan Main Line.

Coordinates: 34°58′02″N 135°46′22″E

3 thoughts on “Fushimi Inari Taisha – Kyoto, Japan

  1. This is such a great peaceful shot. Not a person in sight, you must’ve gotten lucky. It looks like the sun has set when you went there? It must be a big place, so the deeper you went naturally you saw less people. Hope you had a good time in Japan 🙂

    1. Hi Mabel. Thank you for stopping by! Yes, it was really a big place, more than 4 km of trails up and down a hill with a lot of torii and shrines to look at. The sun had already set down when I arrived there, and the hill was a bit creepy. That’s why there was no person around, I suppose. But of course it worths to go there at night.
      Congratulations on your blog, you are doing really a good job. I will look at it, it’s so interesting, and, by the way, happy birthday! 😉

      1. More than 4kms is indeed a long trail. But I guess when you’re exploring a foreign, stunning place like that you don’t really think about that, or how tired you are if you are. Yes, agree with you the shrine looks creepy at night. Looks as if someone might pop out from behind those poles in your photo.

        Thanks for the well wishes, Bruno, and the nice words. Hope to see you around 🙂

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