Kyoto audio tour: Fushimi Inari Shrine: An In-Depth Guide

Fushimi Inari Shrine: An In-Depth Guide

Walking Tour

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45 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Japan’s most popular and beautiful shrines. Thousands of people visit it every day to see the 1,000 magnificent torii gates. But most do not get the full story behind the pretty pictures they take. Join me as we delve into the history behind the Shinto rituals and beliefs linked to this amazing shrine. We’ll take an easy stroll among the tranquil forest scenery. The tour starts from the steps at the first gate and ends at a lovely pond deep in the shrine’s complex. You'll be one of a few who will discover the real power of this shrine that has been influencing people's lives over 1,300 years.

The landmarks include:

• The unique fox statues dotted across the shrine
• An unmatched vista of the thousand bright red torii gates
• The Heavy-Light Stone where you can test a wish

You’ll find some surprising links too, between:

• The architecture of the shrine’s Main Hall and the life lessons it provides
• The roof and the highest aesthetic value in Japanese culture
• A rice cake bird and Japanese villagers in an ancient story

Let’s take a stroll and found out why this ancient shrine has lessons that can still be learned today.

Tour Producer

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Masaki Makoon Mori

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It's my passion to support you making some great memories in Kyoto and Japan.

A National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter.
Guide Instructor of Kyoto City's Licensed Guide Interpreter.
Professional Dancer.
A Father of 2 children.
Sake/Beer/Ramen/Beef/Chicken...Food Lover.

Major Landmarks

  • The Main Hall

  • Senbon Torii (One Thousands Torii Gates)

  • Heavy-Light Stone

Directions to Starting Point

The statue of fox beside a big red Torii Gate across from JR Inari station

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Nice morning coffee at Kurasu Coffee, about 5mins walk from the shrine.
Also JR Inari station is good to go to Kyoto station area, but if you'd like to continue to downtown area, use Keihan Fushimi Inari station.

Best time of day

Early morning. It gets busier after 9am. If you want a quiet and serene feel with pictures alone, 8am or even earlier.

Precautions

some stairs, and mild slopes and unpaved paths with gravels.

Comments

Makoon is a great story teller and has a wonderful way of making history interesting. I love his attention to detail.

Posted by Jodi , 10 months ago

As along time japan traveller I’ve visited Fushimi Inari shrine several time before, but using this guided tour made me feel like I had stepped into a whole new world. Makoon uncovers the wonders and beauty of the Fushimi Inari Shrine and everything it has to offer. I can’t recommend it enough and look forwards to his next audio tour. 10/10

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 10 months ago

As along time japan traveller I’ve visited Fushimi Inari shrine several time before, but using this guided tour made me feel like I had stepped into a whole new world. Makoon uncovers the wonders and beauty of the Fushimi Inari Shrine and everything it has to offer. I can’t recommend it enough and look forwards to his next audio tour. 10/10

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 10 months ago

As along time japan traveller I’ve visited Fushimi Inari shrine several time before, but using this guided tour made me feel like I had stepped into a whole new world. Makoon uncovers the wonders and beauty of the Fushimi Inari Shrine and everything it has to offer. I can’t recommend it enough and look forwards to his next audio tour. 10/10

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 11 months ago

During this quarantine, I purchased this tour to relax and reminiscing the good time I spent in the shrine.
I ended up looking back a lot of pictures I took especially with the new knowledge I got from this tour.
Thank you!

Posted by Mori , 11 months ago

As along time japan traveller I’ve visited Fushimi Inari shrine several time before, but using this guided tour made me feel like I had stepped into a whole new world. Makoon uncovers the wonders and beauty of the Fushimi Inari Shrine and everything it has to offer. I can’t recommend it enough and look forwards to his next audio tour. 10/10

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 11 months ago

This is an excellent tour to the incredible Fushimi Inari Shrine. Having visited the Shrine in the past this brought back so many good memories. it also reminded me of the significance of the Shrine. This would be a very valuable guide for anyone going to Fushimi Inari on their own. It is much more than a guided tour. This guide gives you the meaning and significance of what you are seeing. One can't help but to be awestruck by the beauty, importance, and spirituality of this magical place brought alive by the narration of Makoon-san.

Posted by Mike , 12 months ago
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Fushimi Inari Shrine: An In-Depth Guide