Fushimi Inari Taisha

The vermilion torii gate with endless wishes

The main shrine is located at the foot of Mt.

Known as “Inari-san,” the shrine is one of the most visited in Japan and has a long history.

The path leading from behind the main shrine to the top of the mountain is called “Senbon-torii,” or one thousand torii.
The path from behind the main shrine to the top of the mountain is lined with endless vermilion torii gates called “Senbon-torii” (thousand torii).
The shrine is visited by many worshippers from Japan and abroad who are enchanted by the mysterious scenery.

Senbon-torii (Thousand torii)

A line of torii gates stretches 150 meters along the approach from behind the main shrine to the Okusha Shrine.

The torii gates are used as a pathway for wishes to pass through, and are meant as a sign of gratitude that the wishes have been granted.
The practice of dedicating torii gates as a sign of gratitude for the success of a wish has spread since the Edo period (1603-1867).
This is the result of the spread of the practice since the Edo period (1603-1867).

The number of torii gates is currently an impressive 10,000.
The wishes and thanksgiving that have continued since the Edo period form today's famous "Senbon-torii".

Inari Shrine

Since its establishment in 711, Inari Shrine has been worshipped by many people since the Heian period (794-1185),
It has been worshipped as a guardian deity for a good harvest, prosperous business, safety in the home, and fulfillment of various wishes.

Sei Shonagon (1573-1591) wrote about his own pilgrimage to Inari Shrine in "The Pillow Book", and the shrine is often mentioned in classics such as "Dragonfly Diary" and "Konjaku Monogatari (Tales of Ancient and Modern Japan)".

In 1946, the name of the shrine was changed to "Fushimi Inari Taisha" to avoid confusion with many other Inari shrines.

Kitsune is a household deity

The Inari Shrine has five deities, including the deity Uganomikoto.
Kitsune (white fox) is not a deity but an errand boy for
but a household member of Inari no Mikami,
Inari, they are invisible to the human eye.

At Okuno-in (inner sanctuary), visitors dedicate an ema (votive picture fox) with a picture of a fox on it instead of a horse.
The foxes on the grounds of the shrine carry a variety of treasures.

Shrine pavilions and tower gate

The shrine pavilions were built in 908 with contributions from Tokihei Fujiwara, and Minamoto no Yoritomo, Ashikaga Yoshinori, and others were involved in the construction and renovation of the shrine.

Due to the Onin War, a civil war that broke out in 1467 during the Muromachi period (1336-1573) and continued for about 11 years, the shrine was attacked in 1468.
The Inari Shrine was attacked in 1468 and all the buildings, including those on the mountain, were burned to the ground.

The gate was rebuilt in 1589 after Toyotomi Hideyoshi's prayer for his mother's recovery from illness was fulfilled. It is an important cultural property.

At the foot of Mt. Inari, from the first torii gate on the main approach, the tower gate, outer hall of worship (maiden), inner hall of worship, and main hall of worship line up in a straight line.
Behind the main hall, there is the sanctuary and a group of sacred sites on Mount Inari that continue from the Senbon-torii. The main hall was rebuilt in 1494. It is an important cultural property.

Tour of the sacred mountain

At the foot of Mt. Inari, the sacred area of the shrine, you will pass through Senbon-torii, a path leading from behind the main shrine.
The path of worship leads from behind the main shrine at the foot of Mt.
Inari to the Ichinomine-josha Shrine at the summit of Mt,
The two-hour round trip to the shrine is called "Oyama Meguri" or "Oyama Suru.

From the Yotsutsuji area on the way to the shrine, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the southern part of Kyoto.

A stone to see if your wish will come true

At the back of the Okusha Shrine is a stone called "Omokaruseki" located at the head of a pair of stone lanterns.

This stone is one of the test stones. When you make a wish in front of the lanterns and lift them up, if the weight is lighter than you expected, your wish will be granted,
If the weight of the stone is lighter than expected, the wish will be granted; if it is heavier, the wish will not be granted.

The God of Learning and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Higashimaru Shrine, located inside the tower gate of Fushimi Inari Taisha, is a separate shrine dedicated to the god of learning.
The colorful paper cranes are a spectacular sight.


Fushimi Inari Taisha
Official Site
68 Yabunouchi-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Telephone number
Hours of operation

All day (8:30-16:30 for prayers, 7:00-18:00 for the awarding office)

Admission fee

Free to visit


A short walk from Inari Station on JR Nara Line
5 min. walk from Fushimi Inari Station on Keihan Electric Railway Keihan Main Line

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