Fushimi Inari Shrine is currently the most popular tourism spot in Kyoto, and I can guarantee you that every tourist who visit Kyoto, will add Fushimi Inari Shrine on their to-visit-list. To get here, you can just take JR Nara Line in Kyoto Station, and alight at JR Inari Station. Fushimi Inari Shrine main gate is just 5 minute walk from the station.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates which form a trail to guide you to the top of sacred Mount Inari behind the main building itself. This torii gates are the main spot to take pictures for tourist, so don’t be startled if you are stuck with people crowding to take pictures (if you want to take pictures without too many people in background, just take a walk a bit further inside to avoid those crowds).
And if you are planning to visit here in summer, please don’t forget to bring your umbrella, hat, sunglasses and water, because Fushimi Inari Shrine area is scorching hot (plus too crowded so you should not dehydrate yourself). And I’ve read somewhere that the best time to visit here is around 8-9 in the morning or near the sunset time to avoid the crowd. Beside visiting this torii gates, there is a long street beside the main Fushimi Inari area which has so many street food vendors you could try to re-freshen and fill your stomach a bit!
There are also many small restaurants if you want to have a proper meal instead!
Besides food, you can also found Fushimi Inari souvenirs and merchandises here!
I was in a bit hurry the last time I visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, so I couldn’t explore more activity here. But if you are planning to visit here, I suggest to try more local food and temple activity, and sure I can’t wait to see your experience and please share it in comments below! Happy wandering, wanderers!