Fushimi Inari Shrine walking tour
This is a walking tour that departs from the Fushimi Inari branch of Maikoya that is located right next to the entrance of Fushimi Inari Shrine. We are the only organization that provides guided walking tours in Fushmi Inari on a daily basis.
- The tour is about 1 hour. It departs from our tea ceremony venue in Fushimi Inari and returns back to the same spot.
- Your tour guide is a government licensed tour guide who speaks perfect English.
- The tour includes brief information about the shinto religion, and history of Japan, meanings and symbols in the Fushimi inari Taisha, the significance of the area, famous spots at the shrine, the walk around the main gate and the go-honden shrine, explanations of the trails heading up to the top, and the way back to the train stations. This is a perfect value tour that covers so much in 1 hour. After the tour you can enjoy the food stalls , take photos under the picturesque 1000-gates or hike to the top.
PS: Please note that this tour does not take you all the way up to the summit. If you are interested in hiking to the top, we are more than happy to arrange a private tour guide for you for an additional 25,000 yen.
Please read more below about the venue:
Fushimi Inari Shrine is named as the most popular tourists’ destinations in Japan because of its striking view of 10,000 torii gates. It is the head shrine of 40,000 inari shrines in Japan. Inari Shrines are Shinto shrines worshipping for good harvest for farming products, particularly rice, Japan’s staple food. As Japan became a more industrialized nation, many merchants came here to wish for the success of their business. Nowadays people come here to wish for everything from passing exams, the easy delivery of babies, the success of losing weight and the world peace. It was originally established by Hata Family in 711, who originally came from Korean peninsula.
Japan lived with much natural disaster throughout its history, and Japanese both feared and respected nature. People also believed we go back to nature whenwe die. The whole Mt.Inari behind is believed to be the deity and foxes are messengers of gods at Inari Shrines. On New Year’s Day, 2.5 million people come here to wish for the new year’s health and fortune.
It takes about two hours to walk the whole 4km of torii gates all around Mt. Inari. Fushimi Inari is an easy access from Kyoto Station on JR Line and only a few minutes’ walk from Fushimi Inari Station on Keihan Line.
Having your local private tourguide on the ground makes the traveling experience way more rewarding and fun. Maikoya has constantly been rated as the top cultural experience venue in Osaka and Kyoto and we work with the best tour guides in Osaka and Kyoto who are experts in their field. The best part is we have actual locations in the heart of Osaka and downtown Kyoto, so you can always call us or come to our office if you should have any problems at all. You can also leave your luggaes in our locations.
By having your private government licensed private tour guide you will get
An experienced, licensed local tour guide with all the local knowledge and tips who will make sure that you focus on relaxing and having fun and not worry about getting lost.
A well planned itinerary prepared for you in advance and shared with you in advance so that you don’t have to worry about missing your train or missing the best museum in town because it closes early.
An opportunity to exchange emails with the tour guide and ask some questions you may have including but not limited to good restaurants in town, seasonal activities, local customs and the etiquette, what to bring along and so on.
Your local guide will not only escort you throughout the whole trip, he/she will also share all the interesting facts about the culture and history of your destination that only locals know.
Your local guide will show you the best photo spots, best souvenir shops and off the beaten tracks that may be of interest to you.
You don’t have to pay for your guide’s transportation or meal.
During this tour you get to choose whether to take a taxi or use the public transportation. In either case it is good to bring comfortable shoes and leave your heavy bag at your hotel. You can always leave your belongings at our locations in Kyoto or Osaka if you need to. Also don’t forget to bring some cash to use for the vending machines and the souvenir shops as in Japan some stores still do not accept credit card.
This tour can be adjusted based on your needs and desires. As soon as you make the reservation the tour guide will contact you with the details.