One of Kyoto's most exciting brief walks is the hike to the Inari-san peak of 233 m and the circle of pilgrimage around the shrines near the top. It's also the best way to see Fushima-Inari's Taisha Shrine.
This pilgrimage hike from Fushimi-Inari is a great choice if you're looking for an easy walk in the hills around Kyoto and don't want to spend too much energy or time getting there. It starts either at Keihan Fushimi-Inari Station or at JR Inari Station, both just a few minutes south of central Kyoto by train. The hike involves climbing many of the stairs, but it's not too heavy if you take it slowly. For much of the trek you will pass hypnotic vermillion torii (Shinto shrine gates). And you'll pass various shrines and subshrines along the route. And, at one point, you're going to be treated across southern Kyoto with an incredible view.
Just be informed: Fushimi-Inari-Taisha is one of the most popular sights of Kyoto. Chinese tourists from the continent are particularly popular with large organisations. This means that around the main space and the lower routes there can be a lot of crowding. If you are averse to crowds, go early on a weekday morning. But, whenever you go, make sure you leave most of the crowds behind as you ascend the mountain.
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