Fushimi Inari Shrine-Kyoto, Japan

If I were to pick my top three sites we’ve seen in our travels, the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto Japan would definitely make the list  So much so, we decided to visit a second time! 

fushimi inari shrine, kyoto japanQuick history lesson: It is a shinto shrine put in place in order to worship the God Inari, the God of Rice. Foxes are said to be its messengers which is why several fox statues can be seen along the trail. The large orange gateways are called toriis and there are thousands of them along the two hour trail. All of them are donations from individuals and businesses. Prices for the smaller ones start at around 5,000 us dollars while the larger ones start at around 13,000 us dollars.
map at fushimi inari shrine, kyoto japan

Lucky for us, it was much better weather this time around and we enjoyed hiking up into the mountain through the endless maze of toriis. We left extra early in the morning (we were there around 8am) to beat the crowds that are found so often here. But as you go deeper into the woods, the crowds thin out and you can truly appreciate the serenity of this place. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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  • http://simplicityrelished.com/ Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    So glad I found this post!! We’re traveling to Japan this summer and I’m just starting to dip into the wealth of places to visit. Love your photography Chelsea!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Oh wow, this place looks so incredibly beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      pictures cannot do this place justice ; )

  • http://clubnarwhal.blogspot.com/ Amy | Club Narwhal

    Oh my goodness, these photos are absolutely stunning! I can only imagine how beautiful this shrine is in person. Definitely going on my travel bucket list :) I would go back to Jeju-do in South Korea during a warm spell (when we were there it was freezing and I just stared longingly at all the lovely beaches).

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks! it’s absolutely stunning in person. especially the combination of the orange shrines up against the woods. and i’ve actually never been to jeju! i would love to hike hallasan though!

  • http://www.jade-moat.com/ Jade Moat

    Gorgeous! I have always seen photos of this particular shrine and have always wanted to visit, because it looks so interesting!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      it’s absolutely fantastic! gorgeous views and best yet, it’s free ; )

  • Shelly C.

    This place looks beautiful! Your pictures really make me want to pack my things and fly to Japan. And I love the group picture where you’re hiding behind the gateways :)

    xx
    Shelly
    http://thehorizonwanderer.blogspot.com/

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      well then my job here is done ; ) japan is one of my favorite countries to visit, such a beautiful place

  • http://sweetsmores.com/ Mallory

    This is the place I want to visit in Kyoto! I wanted to go the last time we were in Kyoto, but a typhoon came so we were stuck doing inside activities. Mark and I are making it a point to go when we visit together! I’m super excited. It looks gorgeous.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      YES YES YES! you two will absolutely love it! we went early in the day to beat the crowds and so that there weren’t people in our photos. one of our favorite places to wander : )

  • Renuka

    Interesting and unique place! I think Japan is underrated as a tourist destination. It has so much to offer, yet it’s not as coveted as any European destination.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      i completely agree! asia in general has such amazing destinations to explore, i’m shocked that more people don’t come over here!

  • Anna

    This is definitely one of my favourite places in Kyoto, I really want to visit it again after seeing your beautiful photos!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      it’s such a beautiful spot, it’s hard NOT to fall in love with it!

  • http://www.thehappytype.com/ Crystal Turpin

    These are beautiful photos! I wanted to hit up a place like this before I left Korea, but never had the chance. Thanks for feeding my wanderlust, lady!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks friend! and that just means that you and rich will have to sneak over when you come to visit : )

  • http://www.diariesofanessexgirl.com/ Kate Hall

    This is on my bucket list for when I visit Asia after seeing your gorgeous pictures before! Just awesome. It looks like the weather was perfect too!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      YES! and it was beautiful when we went. the first time we went it was FREEZING! so glad the weather cooperated better this time : )

  • http://somewhereyonder.blogspot.co.uk/ Claire (@Kurea_San)

    Fushimi Inari Shrine is my favourite spot in Kyoto. Hope you had a hard-boiled egg at the top to make your visit :)
    Claire xx
    Fushimi Inari Shrine

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      awe we didn’t! but that just means that we need to go back ; )

  • Caroline L.

    So, so awe-inducing! I love how they contrast against all the greenery!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      isn’t it?! and that’s my favorite, set against the trees it’s so beautiful!

  • http://perkythoughts.tumblr.com/ Per @ Perky Thoughts

    Lovely! We’ll definitely check that out when we go to Japan :)

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      definitely do! it’s still one of my favorites of all the places we went in kyoto!

  • http://themovetoamerica.wordpress.com/ Molly @ The Move to America

    A very awe-inspiring place – wonderful pictures too!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks so much! i’ll be honest, it’s hard to take a bad picture in here! the colors are so vibrant!

  • http://heleneinbetween.com/ Helene

    oh my goodness this is incredible!!! i had no idea about this place. i would love to visit!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      it’s absolutely stunning helene! you can go on for hours and still not see it all!

  • Natasha Emily

    This looks incredible! Japan has so many interesting places, I can’t wait to go when I’m older. This is definitely on my list.

    http://wanderlustandbabble.blogspot.com

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      i agree! there are so many places in kyoto that we didn’t get a chance to see because of time limits!

  • http://www.scatteredseashells.com/ Chantal

    So pretty! I’d love to check that out.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      a definite must see on any bucket list : )

  • Muriel

    I was just there in late October and loved it. So peaceful. We only made it half way up because it was so warm and my legs were about to give up but definitely worth the visit.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      ha! you made it further than we did i think! i would love to make the entire rounds one day : )

  • sam

    This is so cool! I had no idea that this was a whole park/shrine of them. I remember seeing them in Memoirs of a Geisha. This is beautiful!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks sam! it’s such a beautiful place. you can go on for HOURS seeing these in the mountain here!