Saturday, June 3, 2017

Japan 2017: Exploring Kyoto ~ Fushimi Inari Temple

As we explored Kyoto for just a limited time, we were only able to visit two temples.  One of the two temples we visited is the gorgeous Kinkakuji Temple or the Golden Pavilion.  The other one is the Fushimi-Inari temple.  We chose these two as they are among the most visited by tourists.

Huge Shinto gate at Fushimi Inari Taishi entrance. 

Fushimi Inari is just a train ride away from Kyoto Station.  The gate of the shrine is just a couple of walks away from JR Inari station.   A lot of tourists visit this shrine and there is no fee to enter it. 

Japanese visit temples wearing their traditional dress.

Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine is the temple of Inari, the god of rice (agriculture).  For three years in a row, Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine was awarded 1st prize by Trip Advisor in the category “2016 Japanese site popular with foreign tourist”.  There are a lot of tourists and locals who visit this place.

Huge Shinto gates. 

The entrance gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha have foxes statues.  There are also a lot of fox ornaments inside the temple.  It is believed that foxes are the god Inari’s messengers.

Foxes charms.

The most popular area of Fushimi-Inari shrine is the Shinto gates.  Japanese donates Shinto gates as offer to help their businesses become successful. 

The little boy checking out the small Shinto gates for sale. 

Since these gates are supposedly for success and good luck, 
I hugged the biggest one.  
The good luck and success might be passed on to me. Hahaha :D

Fushimi Inari shrine is very big.  We only visited the area where most tourists went.  Some tourists hike up to see more Shinto gates.

No strength and time to hike up.  We were only at the bottom part.

There are plenty of street food vendors at Fushimi Inari shrine so you won’t get hungry when visiting.   

Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine is a must-visit temple in Kyoto area.   So make sure to include this shrine in your list when you visit the Kansai region.  J


  1. Japanese temples are really look amazing. Even the gates are so majestic. It's really wonderful how they have maintained these places to preserve their culture. Wish the same is always done here too.

  2. Agree with you, my son is not fond of temples but I always include one because there is no entrance fee. hehehe! Some people visit temple to draw and paint, pang unwind nila. May nakita pa kami na preschool kids sa temple, ang galing lang kasi teacher lang kasama nila and hindi sila magugulo.

  3. I like seeing temples. I just do not know why. They facinate me. And it is equally fasinating how they were able to maintain the beauty of the place despite the many tourists. There are no chips from the towers and even drawings on the wall.

  4. I always include temples and churches in travel itineraries! There is something so unique and historical about them. I'll surely visit Fushimi Inari if I'll find myself in Japan!

  5. I love seeing temples in my history subjects before until now. I envy you because you are able to see that beautiful and amazing temple in Japan.I pray that one day makapunta din ako kahit isang temple lang :)

  6. Thanks for this tip. We just might drop by Japan soon, although not sure if we'll be around Kyoto area. If we will be, we will visit this and would most likely take your cue on not hiking up to see the Shinto gates.

  7. Ang ganda! Nacoconnect ko lang yung mga temples sa mga anime na pinapanood namin. And they really look grand. So the columns are gates pala. You really become smarter when you travel. Dream ko rin makasama yung kids ko when we travel abroad. :)


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