Fushimi Inari Taisha

Foreign visitors to Japan ranked Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto as their favorite tourist destination in 2014, according to results published on the Japanese version of the travel site TripAdvisor. It came as a surprise to many Japanese commenters that the shrine placed first, while Mount Fuji, the Nikkō Tōshōgū Shrine, and other UNESCO World Heritage sites were not even ranked among the top 30 on the list. Fushimi Inari Shrine’s long tunnels of vermilion torii gates are the main attraction for overseas tourists, many of whom see them as typically Japanese. The shrine’s free admission and the chance to enjoy hiking also have contributed to its popularity.


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