Climbing Mt Inari

Mt. Inari is the site of the important Shinto Shrine of Fushimi Inari Taisha, founded in the 700s. The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto God of Rice.

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At 761 feet (232 meters), Mt Inari is not really a mountain more like a big hill with a lot of stairs to climb. Throughout the entire climb, hikers walk under bright orange torii.

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The way up had me huffing and puffing but I made a lot of stop for photos. The walk provided a lot of fun and creative photo opportunities.

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There were a lot of other hikers climbing Mt Inari as well, so it was hard not to get them in the photos.  This gem was my favorite! We all laughed for a good while about him.


The Yotsutsuji intersection provides a good base for a break, a scenic overlook of Kyoto and the opportunity to buy some ice cream.

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Favorite photo of the day:


The summit of Mt Inari was pretty uneventful. They even had to put a dinky sign at the top to let everyone know that they had made it. At the top was the main shrine but it wasn’t too impressive.

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Thanks for letting me know!

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I did wander around the top area for a bit as much to rest and to make sure I wasn’t missing something amazing.

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The smaller shrines are pretty cute.  Maybe I was just grumpy from climbing a lot of stairs in the humid weather.

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The way back down is different than the way up. I got lost and ended up in a nearby neighborhood.  Oopsie!

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At the bottom of the mountain I was waiting for the rest of my group and loving all the orange buildings.

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I was some street vendors and was intrigued by this one. He was grilling what looked like marshmallows but was really a rice substance that was less sweet and thicker than marshmallows with a similar consistency.

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At the end the griller coated the rice balls in some kind of teriyaki sauce giving them a sweet and savory component.

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It as a fantastic little snack.  A well deserved one too after sweating that climb and working my legs.

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More from Kyoto soon! The typhoon eye is about to move on land!




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7 Responses

  1. I loved the Inari Gates when I was last in Japan. Looks like you were there when the crowds were light. It makes such a difference in the experience.

  2. I think I’ve seen pictures of this torii (?) before. Looks so beautiful!! Would love to see it myself 🙂

  3. I love all the orange of this shrine – beautiful. And that snack sounds so yummy!

  4. Gorgeous! I never get bored of seeing photos of this wonderful place. The vibrancy of the orange is so amazing, I think orange is such a happy colour 🙂

  5. Your favorite picture from the day is mine too!

  6. Beautiful! What a great hike, and that little snack at the end looks yummy! 🙂 #WeekendWanderlust

  7. Lauren says:

    This looks so colorful and fun! I’m sure all of that scenery helps with the climb! Those rice balls looks delicious!! Definitely well deserved after all that hiking! 😀

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