Fushimi Inari-taisha Grand Shrine
Fushimi Inari-taisha, located on the mountain of Inari-san, in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, is known as the headquarters of all the Inari shrines nationwide, said to total 40,000. The shrine is believed to have been built in 711 by one Hata-no-Irogu, who came over to Japan from the continent, and the Hata family administered the shrine over many generations. The shrine is sacred to Uka-no-mitama-no-kami who presides over the five cereal crops and was originally worshipped as the god of foods and agriculture, but later as the god of commerce and fisheries as well. Even now, people praying for prosperity in business worship Uka-no-mitama-no-kami. At the beginning of the year, the shrine bustles with crowds of visitors praying for happiness throughout the year.
Address: 68 Fukakusa-Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Rail]JR Kyoto Stn./JR Nara Line/5-min. ride/Inari Stn./2-min. walk