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IN A FEW WORDS

A picturesque side trip from Kyoto

DESCRIPTION

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Free All day

The Fushimi Inari Taisha is a vast shrine complex located at the outskirts of Kyoto and dating from the early 8th century, which is the head shrine of Inari: the Shinto god of rice, industry and fertility. It is one of Kyoto's most visited, famous and picturesque sites, due to the thousands of vermillion coloured Torii gates which form a network of seemingly endless paths across the mountain, connecting several of the smaller shrines which form the complex.

Fushimi Inari is located at the base of the Inari mountain, which is 233 meters above sea level and belongs to the shrine's grounds. A hiking trail of around 4Km long leads the way to the mountain's summit and can take about 2 or 3 hours to complete. A few restaurants can be found along the way, serving simple meals such as soba and udon noodles. The hiking trails are all completely lined with torii gates, most of which are donated by businesses since Inari is also seen as the patron of businesses. The name of the donors is inscribed on its pillars.

Another particularity of Fushimi Inari are the dozens of fox statues which can be found in the shrine's grounds. Foxes are regarded as the messengers of Inari and are usually depicted carrying the keys of the rice granaries in their mouths.

Tofuku-ji

400¥ 9:00 - 16:30

Tofuku-ji is a Buddhist Zen Temple located at the southern outskirts of Kyoto which is considered as one of the "Great Five Zen Temples of Kyoto". It was founded in 1236 and named after two famous temples in Nara: Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji. Burnt down during the 15th century and rebuilt shortly after, it features a 22 meter tall Sanmon Gate (3 storied wooden gate), which is the oldest remaining in Japan and has been designated as National Treasure.

The temple consists of a complex formed by 24 buildings, most of which dating back from the Muromachi Period (1333-1573), and four gardens laid out in 1939 by Mirei Shigemori, a famous garden artist. This gardens are set surrounding the four sides of the Hojo (Abbot's Hall) and each one was created in a completely different style, collectively forming a comprehensive representation of modern Zen Buddhist gardens.

Tofuku-ji is specially popular among local tourists during autumn, due to its spectacular autumn leaf colours. Its most famous view is offered from the Tsuten-kyo bridge, a 100 meter covered wooden corridor surrounded by a forest consisting of thousands of maple trees.

HOW TO GET THERE

Option 1


JR Kyoto station

JR Nara Line
5 min. 230¥ Railpass

Inari Station



Option 2


JR Kyoto station

JR Nara Line
2 min. 140¥ Railpass

Tofuku-ji Station



aroundMOVE AROUND

Fushimi Inari Taisha is located in front of Inari station. Tofuku-ji can be reached in a 10 minute walk from Tofuku-ji station. Walking from one to the other takes about 15 minutes.

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