As promised here is my guide to visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha. Regarded as one of the most important shrines in Japan, Fushimi Inari-taisha was my favorite shrine in Kyoto. Visited by many tourists this shrines comprises of thousands of tori gates which lead to the top of the mountain. After you visit the main shrine you will find the gates at the foot of Inariyama hill.
Here is where you an get your picture perfect shot and walk among these magical tori gates.
Once you can get past the hordes of tourist this shrine is really magical. Walking through the gates feels really special. You can see why it is people flock to this shrine. If you’re lucky you’ll be there as the sun is rising and peaking through the gates. The reflections cast against the orange gates is a simply stunning.
I would highly recommend a visit to Fushimi Inari-taisha.
Guide to Visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha Below
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. You can read more about the history Here.
The best way to get to the shrine is via train. Purchase your tickets before you get on the train as you will need to swipe them in the machines. Also do keep your ticket as you will need it to exit the train later as well. Assuming you are at Kyoto Station. Take the Nara Line heading in Nara direction. Get off at Inari Station stop. From here it is an easy two minute walk to the shrine.
The tickets to the shrine is ¥140 one way from Kyoto. Roundtrip from Kyoto it is ¥280. The shrine is free to visit. Bring some coins to do some of the blessings and wishing activities. Also for water there are vending machines throughout.
Need to Know
Bring water especially in the summer. There are vending machines where you can purchase water and soft drinks incase you forget. You do not need to have should or knees covered here. The shrine is always open so you can visit whenever.
How to Get the Shot
Firstly as always aim to get here early. We got here at 9AM and it was VERY crowded. With that being said be patient. I was able to get a ton of shots I just had to wait a bit and time it out but all went well. The shrine is actually three separate passageways. People tend to photograph the first large entrance and assemble at the beginning of the other two. So the actual middle of the shrine is your best bet and where you can get the best shots. For the shadows on the shrine arrive before noon.