After visiting the main shrine at Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari you will pass through the first of countless impressive and beautiful torii paths. Thereafter you will have the option to continue your walk through thousands of more toriis (Japanese shrine gates) up the Inari mountain. It takes around two hours to walk along the trail which will lead to the top of the Inari mountain from where you will have beautiful views of Kyoto. The trail itself goes through woods and along lots of smaller shrines and graveyards.
The Inari trail is very peaceful and makes a lovely afternoon walk. It is also generally not overcrowded like the main shrine of the Fushimi Inari site. If possible plan your trip to the Fushimi shrine so that you walk the Inari trail in the early evening. First you will be almost alone wandering through the tunnels of endless gates, and second, the woods look super magical and mysterious as the daylight fades.
Below is a selection of photos from the Inari trail that I took when I was there. Do see how beautiful the trail is? It’s definitely one of the must-see shrines and things to do in Kyoto! To read more about the Fushimi Inari shrine and how to get there, have a look at this blog post.