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Tunnel of Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine

Our second day in Kyoto was spent visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine composed of thousands of red Torii gates forming tunnels up into a hill behind its main buildings. To get there, we got a train from central Kyoto, and took a short walk from there to the shrine.

Railway crossing in Kyoto Fushimi Inari Shrine building Large Torii gate at entrance to Fushimi Inari Shrine

It is amazing to think how many gates there are – they just seem to go on and on forever up this hill, which is amazing.

Tunnel of Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine Tunnel of Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine Tunnel of Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Eventually we reached a viewpoint before finding a path back down the hill again. I think we may have headed down prematurely as I swear the map showed the hill going up loads further. Ah well, we had already seen thousands of gates at this point!

Looking out over Kyoto from up high at the Fushimi Inari Shrine Torii gates leading down steps at the Fushimi Inari Shrine

This is the main entrance and Romon gate which we didn’t see on our way in, but walked out through instead.

Fushimi Inari Shrine entrance building Fushimi Inari Shrine main entrance
© Michelle Dinan 2017