Torii Paths at the Fushimi Inari Shrine

Torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

The mysterious and seemingly endless path of vibrant orange torii gates placed along a trail up the Inari mountain makes the Inari Fushimi shrine one of the most popular shrines in Kyoto. The torii path starts behind the main Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine and simply cannot miss it.

A bit of background of the Fushimi Inari torii gates: A torii gate is a Japanese gate that is usually found at the entrance of a sacred shrine in the Shinto religion. If you are travelling through Japan and especially Kyoto you will come across countless of these torii gates. The Fushimi Inari site alone is said to be home to over 10,000 torii gates. The torii gates at the Fushimi Inari shrine are somewhat unique in the sense of that they are all donated by a business or organisation to thank for their prosperity and in hope for good fortune in the future.

Walking up the Inari mountain makes a lovely day hike and takes around two hours to complete. For a more peaceful and mysterious experience, plan your walk for the early evening when most of the tourists have gone and the woods and little graveyards along the trail appear in a magical light :)
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  1. robin masshole mommy
    February 1, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Wow, your pictures are all so gorgeous. I totally want to visit there now!!

  2. February 1, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    The vibrant orange colors jump out against all the greenery, so pretty, but made me wonder how often they are painted. So good to see that you had the place practically to yourself, I guess you followed your own tip about going later in the day.

  3. February 1, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    What awesome beauty! Your photos are so vibrant as well! Thanks for sharing!

  4. February 1, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Amazingly beautiful pictures, the orange looks fabulous and the Japanese (am I right?) text comes out perfectly. I’ve always wanted to travel, you are very lucky.

  5. February 1, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    How gorgeous! The colors really pop in the trees. Japan would be amazing to see.

  6. February 1, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    That’s amazing, and I bet it’s really beautiful to walk through during sunset or sunrise hours. Imagine the light filtering between the gates!
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  7. February 2, 2017 / 5:59 am

    O wow! This is so beautiful! The color is so striking in the pictures. It must of been completely grounding experience!

  8. February 2, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    I’ve always wanted to see this up close. I can’t believe there are 10,000 of those in Inari! I would love to learn more about the history of those gates. It’s a sacred and peaceful place and it would be nice to experience hiking here someday.

  9. February 2, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    The shrine is so beautiful, have to check it out! The words are all so beautifully written!!!

  10. February 2, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    I love your pictures! I lived in Japan for two years and always loved Tori gates. They’re just so beautiful and serene. I want to create a Japanese-style garden one day when I have a better yard for it.

  11. February 3, 2017 / 12:10 am

    Wow this looks amazing! I definitely would love to go here one day I have to add it to my bucket list!!! Ty for sharing!

  12. February 3, 2017 / 1:42 am

    These pictures are gorgeous! Makes me want to visit Kyoto some day. Awesome shrine!

  13. CourtneyLynne
    February 5, 2017 / 4:28 am

    Omg beautiful photos!!! Places like shrines are so fun to wander!!!

  14. February 5, 2017 / 5:32 am

    This place looks so beautiful! I really enjoy hiking as there is always so much to see and enjoy when outside with nature.

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