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 :)