The Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour
Dragons. Waterfalls. Political control. The Fushimi Inari Shrine is so more than its famous tunnels of vermillion-red torii gates. Most people are satisfied by a scenic view of southern Kyoto City and by the forested trails through the mountain. But we'll go deeper. Much deeper.
What we’ll do
Visit a tree god and get your divination lot interpreted for you. Drink healing water from a hidden waterfall. Hike down Fushimi Inari on a path that pilgrims once used and practice a bit of mindful walking.
What you’ll learn
You will learn how politics changes the way people worship, how people struggle to strike a balance between ritual and spontaneity, and how Hinduism, Korean animism, and even the US military have shaped the Inari faith. You'll also learn about the shrine's connection to Pokémon.
Once you've been on this hike, you'll never see shrines and temples the same way again. You'll be primed to find more hidden symbols, practices, and stories everywhere.
Come see a Fushimi Inari that everyone else has been missing out on, and leave seeing Buddhism and Shintoism in a whole new light.
8:30AM - 12:30PM
Small groups of 6 or fewer
Guided hike in English
4 hours total