The Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour

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Duration : 1 to 4 hours
Starting Price : 45USD/Person

Tour Description

The Fushimi-Inari Shrine is more than its famous tunnels of vermillion-red torii gates. Dive deep into the world of Inari with this 3.5-hour narrated walking tour about dragons, political resistance, and the story behind Japan’s most successful religious franchise.

Guided by a Singaporean living in Fushimi.

Did you know

  • Fushimi-Inari is the only shrine complex in Japan where there are more private shrines (a whooping 10,000!) than official shrines
  • Some fox statues have special bibs – you’ll have to look carefully – and they are all put up by devotees, not the shrine itself
  • You can send postcards to Oseki-san, a god on Inariyama, to ask for deliverance from severe coughs and breathing difficulties

This tour:

  • Is held in English
  • Runs daily except Tuesdays from 8:30am – 12:00 noon
  • An intimate experience: Up to 8 travelers per group
  • Takes 3.5 hours with short breaks in between

The route:

  • Departs from the big torii gate at the entrance
  • Goes off the beaten track: visit private shrines not on the official map
  • Takes you to the top for an scenic view of southern Kyoto City
  • Brings you on a closer look at craftsmens’ shrines and healing shrines

You’ll learn about:

  • The Hindu and Buddhist origins of some of the symbols
  • Mystical practices and folk beliefs not written about in the official narrative
  • The portrayal of the shrine in anime and pop culture

Attractions Visited in This Tour

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