Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Japan’s most visited tourist spots. It got a boost in popularity when the tunnel of torii gates was featured as a film set in the 2005 Hollywood movie “Memoirs of a Geisha.” The place is easily accessible by the JR Nara line from Kyoto Station taking only a few minutes.
Most visitors are content with exploring the location’s most famous sight, the tunnel of gates (Senbon Torii) that is located near the entrance. When moving on deeper into the shrine, visitors as well as torii will be thinning out more and more.
The entire place is of sizable expanse and has a maze-like structure that can be a little perplexing. You could very well spend all day long exploring it. A couple of little inns located on its grounds make for convenient breaks.
Since Fushimi Inari’s grounds are accessible 24/7, even going there at night, when it is much less crowded, would be an option. The somewhat eerie atmosphere makes for an interesting contrast to the concourse of tourists in daylight.