I love how much Japan preserves their culture and history. Landmarks like the Fushimi Imari Shrine really make you feel like you have traveled back in time. Walking through the thousands of Torii Gates there is something you must put on your bucket list when visiting Japan. This shrine marks one of Kyoto’s oldest and most historical landmarks. Each Gate bears the name of the donor’s name and are traditionally made of wood or stone.
As mentioned in my other Japan Travel Blog Posts, on this trip we were staying at an AirBnB in Osaka near Osaka JR Station. Getting to the Fushimi Inari Shrine was a quick 45 minute train ride hopping on the Tokaido-Sanyo JR line from Osaka to Kyoto Station. From Kyoto Station we transferred to the Nara JR line and got off at Inari Station which exits right in front of the entrance to Fushimi Inari Shrine.
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Here are a couple of tips that might be useful when you plan your visit to Torri Gates:
- If you want a relatively quiet walk, come bright and early. We arrived for Thursday morning around 7:45AM. There were quite a few photographers at the entrance but generally speaking the further up you go along the hike, the less people there will be around for photo opportunities.
- The walk is a roughly 2-3 hours. The hike loops back around to where you began. We stopped around 1/3 of the way and walked back down.
- Bring cash because there are heaps of food vendors when you make your way through the exit. There are also a lot of different souvenir shops to bring back for family & friends. Eden and I purchased a few mini “Torri Gates” to bring home and also ones to write Japanese characters on to hang up at the shrine. They have a sheet of paper with English words and Japanese Characters for you to copy and write. They mostly fall under the category of good fortune.
- Bring comfortable shoes. The entire hike consists of some pathways, and lots of ups and down steps. I would also recommend you bring bug spray. You are hiking up and down a mountain afterall.
- There are washrooms 1/3 on the way. I’m not sure if there are more further a long the way since we turned around after our bathroom break.
That’s it from me guys! Hope you guys find this post helpful & be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions or tips you want to add as well! If you’re heading to Japan, feel free to also check out my other Travel Japan Posts Here
Written by Grace Yeung
Edited by Eden Yeung