Of all all the shrines and temples we saw in Kyoto, our absolute favorite was the Fushima Inari Shrine, which is dedicated to the Shinto god of rice. The shrine has 10,000 red torii gates that line a path around 4km long. Those serious enough to make the trek through all the torii gates up the hill are rewarded with beautiful views of Kyoto, but for the rest of us, a walk through the gates is visually stunning and plenty breathtaking.
If you’re planning on going:
If you’re headed that way, make the visit in the late afternoon (we went at 5pm) to get the shrine to yourself. Unlike a lot of the temples and shrines in Kyoto, the Fushima Inari Shrine doesn’t have a closing time, so going at dusk is a great way to really take in the magnificence of the thousands of torii gates without the herds of tourists in the way. Oh yeah, bring some bug spray, too (the torii gates are in the woods!) Finally, if you’re planning to hike to the top of the hill and back, plan to spend at least 2 hours here.