Guided tour

Kyoto: 3-Hour Fushimi Inari Shrine Hidden Hiking Tour

Kyoto: 3-Hour Fushimi Inari Shrine Hidden Hiking Tour

From US$ 50.27 per person

Hike along a secret path to Fushimi Inari Shrine with a local guide. Journey into a secret bamboo forest — an uncharted treasure trove — and admire the red torii gates. Return to civilization after a breathtaking view atop the mountains of Fushimi Inari.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • Hike through a hidden trail where you won’t encounter other tourists for the majority of the tour
  • Discover and explore a hidden bamboo grove
  • Immerse yourself in the natural surroundings away from the crowds
  • Take picturesque shots in both popular spots and uncharted areas with a local guide
  • Enjoy a small-group experience for up to 9 people
Full description
Take the only tour at Fushimi Inari that goes off paved paths and onto actual forest trails. Avoid the crowds of tourists trying to get a good photo and enjoy a personal hiking experience in a small group. Discover hidden bamboo groves, secluded trails that lead to old and hidden altars, and the beautiful evergreens around Fushimi Inari Shrine and its thousands of red torii gates. The tour begins at Tofukuji Station. From there, wander into a quiet neighborhood and visit 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. Reach the summit of the mountain, which is covered in the shrine altars, then venture back down the mountain on a forested trail, visiting smaller shrines on the way to another bamboo grove. This will lead you to the most famous area of Fushimi Inari, perfect for a memorable photo. Finally, 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. Half of the tour is walking in the forest, so you don't get sunlight directly.
  • Local guide
  • Bottle of water
  • Additional food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Family Mart Nakai Tofukuji Store. Outside of Tofukuji Station Exit 2, next to the Family Mart.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • This hike is not super difficult and is approximately 5–6 kilometers (3.1–3.7 miles) in total. But it is not a simple walk and does take some effort. It is not recommended for people who have trouble walking or who are not in good condition. You will make regular stops and can make extra stops if needed
  • The tour will be canceled during extreme weather. Guests may also cancel due to rain if they are not prepared
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the tour starting time
  • Free date/time rescheduling up to 24 hours before the tour starting time (depending on availability)
  • Children younger than 8 must have the permission of a parent or guardian before booking
  • It's recommended to take long-sleeved pants/shirts with you
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 4 reviews

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The tour basically enters the Fushimi Inari shrine area from the back, meaning the crowds are pretty thin at first and you have a moment there to yourself. But first we paused at a bamboo grove that was otherwise empty of visitors. The path through the shrine itself was inspiring and scenic. Our guide Suzy explained the significance of statuary, rituals and other significant sights along the way. We stopped for some coffee and a hardboiled egg each, served beneath a canopy along the stone-paved trail and tucked next to shrines. It was a fun experience made better by our knowledgeable and patient guide.

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December 25, 2019

The tour up the other side was great even after a rainy day. There was hardly any visitors to the shrine at the first part which was great. The whole experience was well informed and great hidden scenery for all selfie takers.

December 29, 2019

Excellent! Yuya is the ultimate guide. Knowledgeable, informative and very friendly.

December 9, 2019

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