Fushimi Inari Hidden Hiking Tour

京都市, Japan

Experience hosted by Sawyer & Friends

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Cultural immersion
Guests felt absorbed in a community or culture.

What you'll do

Don’t get caught standing in a crowd of tourists trying to get a good photo.

We provide a personal hiking experience. This is the ONLY tour at Fushimi Inari which goes off paved paths, onto actual forest trails. We know of hidden bamboo groves and beautiful evergreens around Fushimi Inari Shrine. Local trails lead us to the main shrine with thousands of red torii gates, and we know of secluded trails that lead to old and hidden alters.

We will begin at Tofukuji Station and wander into a quiet neighborhood, visiting small shrines on the way to the mountain. Then take a trail to see a wonderful bamboo grove, and connect to the main path filled with the famous vermilion torii gates.
We will reach the summit of the mountain, which is covered in the ​shrine alters and then venture back down the mountain on a forested trail, visiting smaller shrines on the way to another bamboo grove. This will lead us to the most famous area of Fushimi Inari, perfect for a memorable photo.
We will finish at the main shrine at the base of the mountain, where you can enjoy some local street food before you continue your adventure in the wonderful city of Kyoto.

Please understand that this is a hike, not a normal walk, so it will require some effort. We will not recommend joining if you have trouble walking or not in a good condition.
Other things to note
We would not recommend this for people who have trouble walking or are not in a good condition.
Wearing shoes, long sleeve shirt and long pants is recommended to avoid mosquitoes and bugs.
Being late for more than 5 minutes will be regarded as a cancellation without any refund.
Possible Co-Host
Don’t get caught standing in a crowd of tourists trying to get a good photo.

We provide a personal hiking experience. This is the ONLY tour at Fushimi Inari which goes off paved paths, onto actual forest trails. We know of hidden bamboo groves and beautiful evergreens around Fushimi Inari Shrine. Local trails lead us to the main shrine with thousands of red torii gates, and we know of secluded trails that lead to old and hidden alter…

What's included

  • Drinks

Meet your Host, Sawyer & Friends

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We moved to Kyoto from America, and are both huge history buffs. I studied ancient cultures and religions while attending university, so being able to live at the base of such a sacred mountain means the world to me!
We want to be able to show our guests the most incredible bamboo groves and shrines in Kyoto. Let us take you on an adventure and give you some insight into shintoism, and the importance of this wonderful mountain!

We now have co-hosts to manage and offer this tour more often for travelers to enjoy! We, or one of them will be your guide!

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We moved to Kyoto from America, and are both huge history buffs. I studied ancient cultures and religions while attending university, so being able to live at the base of such a sacred mountain means the world to me!
We want to be able to show our guests the most incredible bamboo groves and shrines in Kyoto. Let us take you on an adventure and give you some insight into shintoism, and the importance of this wonderful mountain!

We now have co-hosts to manage and offer this tour…
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Where you'll be

Fushimi Inari Shrine (from hidden trails). This is Japan’s most famous shrine, known for the tens of thousands of red torii gates. We live at the base of the mountain and know all the hidden trails to avoid crowds as much as possible. We will also see beautiful bamboo groves where few people venture. At the end of the hike we will venture into the main entrance of the mountain and enjoy incredible street food.

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 1,007 reviews.

Bernadette
November 2021
Akiko was a great guide. Highly recommend this tour. The beginning of the tour takes you off the beaten path. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
Sandy
November 2021
Yoko was a great guide and despite living in Japan for the last 2 1/2 years, we learned a lot of things. The hiking was on routes I would not have noticed or thought about traveling down and was very enjoyable and not crowded. (NOTE: This hike is not for someone with hip, knee or stamina problems. Lots of steps and inclines.) My 15-year-old and I had a great time!
Aya
October 2021
Really had a great time with Akiko san who started the hike, where we wouldn't have found if not on this tour. She explained a lot about the elements we encountered. It was such a pleasant hike.
April
October 2021
This was a great tour of the Fushimi mountain area and shrine. It was peaceful and our guide Akiko was very helpful & knowledgeable. She took a lot of photos for us also which I appreciated. Her English was great and she even gave us recommendations for restaurants and other sights around Kyoto. We hope to come back soon and will keep this company in mind for future tours for sure!
Kathleen
October 2021
There's no way my husband and I could have done this hiking experience without a guide. It was informative and nice to get out in nature.
Alexandra
July 2021
We had a great time on this tour with insider cultural context for each stop and the reverse tour of the area. We enjoy hiking as well so that made the tour all the more memorable.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 10 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Hiking/walking shoes
Additional Water
Recommended - Camera
Spending Money for Food at the end of the hike.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.