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Top things to do in Kyoto, Japan - Lonely Planet

Top things to do in Kyoto, Japan

Discover the best top things to do in Kyoto including Enryaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, Fushimi Inari-Taisha.

Fox holding a key in its mouth, at the main gate of the Fushimi Inari shrine.

Statue of Kitsune (fox) holding a key in its mouth, at the main gate to the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine near Kyoto

Torii leading to Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社), the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres above sea-level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines.

Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari .

Fushimi-Inari Taisha Torii Tunnels, Japan Photographic Print by Frank Carter at AllPosters.com

Fushimi-Inari Taisha "Torii Tunnels," Japan

Fushimi Inari-taisha - Lonely Planet

Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto, Japan

With seemingly endless arcades of vermilion torii (shrine gates) spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this vast shrine complex is a world unto its own.

Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan - Lonely Planet

Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto, Japan

With seemingly endless arcades of vermilion torii (shrine gates) spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this vast shrine complex is a world unto its own.

Fushimi-Inari Taisha "Torii Tunnels," Japan Photographic Print by Frank Carter

Fushimi-Inari Taisha "Torii Tunnels," Japan Photographic Print by Frank Carter

Fushimi Inari Taisha: Thousands of Beautiful Vermilion Torii Gates / Tokyo Pic

Fushimi Inari Taisha: Thousands of Beautiful Vermilion Torii Gates / Tokyo Pic

Nezu-jinja Shrine in Tokyo's Bunkyo ward is one of Japan's oldest shrines and its architecture is unique in that it was built in Gongen-style which has been maintained until today. The shrine has a "Tori gate path" similar to the one at Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto.

Nezu-jinja Shrine in Tokyo's Bunkyo ward is one of Japan's oldest shrines and its architecture is unique in that it was built in Gongen-style which has been maintained until today. The shrine has a "Tori gate path" similar to the one at Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto.

Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto. The entire complex, consisting of five shrines, sprawls across the wooded slopes of Inari-san. A pathway wanders 4km up the mountain and is lined with dozens of atmospheric sub-shrines.  Fushimi Inari was dedicated to the gods of rice and sake by the Hata family in the 8th century.

Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto, Japan

With seemingly endless arcades of vermilion torii (shrine gates) spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this vast shrine complex is a world unto its own.

Video:  Nezu shrine has a "Tori gate path" similar to the one at Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto. Enjoy this journey with the bird sounds!  #japan

Video: Nezu shrine has a "Tori gate path" similar to the one at Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto. Enjoy this journey with the bird sounds!

Many torii close together at the Fushimi Inari Shinto in Kyoto.  http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fushimi_Inari-taisha

Fushimi Inari, Kyoto, Japan - I didn't go when I was in Kyoto. I dearly hope to visit again and walk along this legendary corridor of gates.

Nezu-jinja Shrine in Tokyo's Bunkyo ward is one of Japan's oldest shrines and its architecture is unique in that it was built in Gongen-style which has been maintained until today. The shrine has a "Tori gate path" similar to the one at Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto.

Nezu-jinja Shrine in Tokyo's Bunkyo ward is one of Japan's oldest shrines and its architecture is unique in that it was built in Gongen-style which has been maintained until today. The shrine has a "Tori gate path" similar to the one at Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto.

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