Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Inari Shrine Kyoto on a day trip from Osaka. In case you are wondering how to get from Osaka to Kyoto? It was quite easy to get there. You will have to go to Shin Osaka station and get on the JR train. The total trip was about 40 minutes to get to Kyoto.

Once you get to Kyoto, there are two options on transit around the city. You can take the metro or the bus. The buses were arriving quite frequently so I decided to take one. On Saturday, the schedule seemed to be a bit more limited so I waited for about 20 minutes for the next bus.

I had one major goal on my day trip and that was to see the Inairi Shrine Kyoto. It is one of the most important Shinto shrines in southern Kyoto. The design of the shrine is absolutely beautiful with its colors and shapes. I had no idea that walking around this shrine would be a daunting task. If you plan to walk all of it, I recommend saving a few hours.

Before arriving to the main gate, I noticed lots of street food vendors and decided to try some of the pork on a stick. It was really fatty and tasty.

Food stalls on the way to Inairi Shrine Kyoto

Food stalls on the way to Inairi Shrine Kyoto

Trying pork on a stick from one of the food vendors

Trying pork on a stick from one of the food vendors

If you are wondering about a Fushimi Inari Shrine entrance fee, there wasn’t one. Once you approach the main gate you will arrive to the Romon Gate.

Entrance Inari Shrine Kyoto- Roman Gate

Entrance Inari Shrine Kyoto- Roman Gate

The tori gates going into the shrine

The tori gates going into the shrine

You will then view the hiking trails. Be ready for a hike as I did not expect it. Although it was a great work out, might I add. It will take about 2-3 hours.

While hiking for about 30-45 minutes, I noticed the Yotsutsuji Intersection and was able to see a great view and I could feel the air cooler the higher up I went. I did notice that after this point there were less hikers going up. This meant that I was able to get in much easier shots the further I went up. You will see the tori gates along the hike.

Getting back from Kyoto to Osaka was relatively easy. I just went the reverse way going to Kyoto Station then taking the JR train back to Osaka. It was over an hour to get back to Osaka so keep that in mind. Next time, I would devote a few more days to Kyoto rather than making a day trip out of it.

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