Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine © Iry

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

The Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is the main shrine of over 30,000 Inari shrines all across Japan, sometimes called "O-Inari-san". It’s said to have been built in 711. The shrine grounds are focused around Inariyama and the total area of the shrine is about 87,000m2 . On the grounds is the famous "Thousand Torii" tunnel of red torii. These torii were put here by people who came to pray at the shrine for success in business. Currently it is said there are about 10,000 torii. The deity of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is Inari-daimyojin who is renowned as a god of business prosperity and bumper crops. He is said to grant family safety, business prosperity, traffic safety, and success in the arts and so faith in him has been great even since ancient times. The god’s messengers are said to be foxes and nearby there is an Inari rice cracker shop with the face of a fox. The main hall was reconstructed in 1499 and has been designated as important cultural property. When you pass through the torii you will arrive at the back shrine, commonly called the Oku-no-in.Nearby is a pair of stone lanterns surrounding the "Omokaru-ishi", and it is said if you gently lift the stone your wish will come true. In addition, beginning at the 233m Ichinomine, there are numerous subshrines and small shrines inside of Inari-yama. There is an Inari-yama road called O-yama-meguri that will take you almost 4km through many of these shrines.

Hatsu-uma and the Inari Festival

The Hatsu-uma-no-hi ("First Horse Day Festival") happens every February at Inari-taisha, and is a festival held on the first day of the horse in February. Cedar twigs are given to visitors as a sign that they came, and these symbolic branches are a charm that is said to bring safety and business prosperity. Also, on the nearest Sunday to April 20th until May 3rd the Kanko-sai and Inari Festivals are held back to back, a tradition existing since the Heian era (794–1185), and 5 portable shrines are carried by believers in the shrine through the districts where people live.

You can come to the shrine in either day or night, but the times at which amulets are issued is from 7:00 to 18:00, and prayers are from 8:30 to 16:30. Inari-taisha is spread out all over Inari-yama, so if you are coming after the sun is set make sure you watch your feet in the dark, etc.


By train go to JR Inari Station (稲荷駅) and it’s right there. On the Keihan go to Fushimi-Inari station (伏見稲荷駅) and it is 5 minutes from there on foot. By the city bus, go to Inari-Taisha-mae stop (稲荷大社前) and it is 7 minutes from there. There is parking onsite for 170 cars, shrine visitors only.

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Sights Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社)
Address 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-641-7331 / Fax: 075-642-2153
Duration 1Hour(s)
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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