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Let's Explore Kyoto's Most Popular Spot: Fushimi Inari Shrine!
Written by LIFE STYLE, Inc.
Kyoto's prestigious Fushimi Inari Shrine is known for it's 1000 gates. This time we explore the beauty of this shrine via Google's Street View!
Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Shrine is renowned for its shrine gates, which are arranged into an endless row. It is reverently called O-Inari-san. This is an expression that portrays the closeness and familiarity that the Japanese feel towards this particular shrine (*1). The image of this prestigious shrine features on countless books, and the place itself often serves as a background in TV dramas and movies.
This enchanting scenery is popular with visitors from overseas. In fact, it seems that many of the visiting worshipers of this shrine come from abroad. This time we invite you to explore the beauty of Fushimi Inari Shrine via Google's Street View!
*1: "O" is an honorific prefix and "san" is a suffix usually added to a person's name or, in this case, to names of certain objects in order to show reverence towards them.
First, Let's Visit the Main Shrine!
Fushimi Inari Shrine (*2) is the grand head shrine (sōhonsha) of the more than 3000 Inari shrines around Japan. Mount Inari, where the main shrine is located, is considered a sacred mountain and is in its entirety an object of faith.
*2 Inari Shrine: a collective name for all the shrines where the God of Inari is worshiped. Inari is the protector god of rice, agriculture and industry, and is usually represented in the shape of a fox. The vermilion gates and the enchanted fox (komagitsune) are the specific features of Inari shrines.
Please move the cursor over the image. You can look around by clicking left or right. The image will move and you can enjoy the scenic view of the shrine grounds.
As you walk from the entrance towards the inner side of the grounds, you will reach the honden or main shrine (*3). This building is one of Japan's important cultural properties. If you look up close, you will notice that it has an extremely sublime atmosphere. This is where worshipers can ask for kitō (*4) to be done for them by the shrine priests.
There are valuable old sculptures and statues within this structure, so if you plan on visiting, please take a look inside!
*3 Honden: the main structure within the shrine where the god or several gods are enshrined.
*4 Kitō: a ritual involving the offering of prayers to the gods.
Let's Look for the Thousand Torii Gates!
The Thousand Torii Gates (Senbon torii) are synonymous with Fushimi Inari Shrine. Let's have a look at them on Street View!
As you walk on, you will see an infinite display of these stunning vermilion gates, giving you the illusion that you are being sucked into another dimension.
From the indoor view you will notice that each and every torii is slightly different in shade and appearance. There are new gates, as well as historical ones, so it might be fun to compare them!
Incidentally, to reach the top of the mountain path takes quite a bit of stamina and some good walking shoes.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is Very Popular With Travelers
Supported by its many overseas visitors, Fushimi Inari Shrine ranked as Number 1 on Trip Advisor's Popular Japanese Tourist Spots for Overseas Travellers (during the years 2014 and 2015). This shrine might be everything you expect to see from a Japanese shrine, and more!
Fushimi Inari Shrine is also known as the shrine where people go to pray for business prosperity. When you come to Kyoto, please enjoy the beauty of Fushimi Inari Shrine!
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Address: Kyoto, Fushimi, Fukakusa, Yabunouchichō 68
Open: 24 hours a day.
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Nearest Station: Inari Station (JR Nara Line), Fushimi Inari Station (Keihan Railways)
Access: Please walk from either of these stations.
Price: - (It's free to worship at the shrine)
Phone Number: +81-075-641-7331
Homepage: Fushimi Inari Shrine (Japanese only)