Fushimi Inari & Southern Kyoto

Up to 5 Guests 4 Hours Private Guide Flexible Itinerary

Fushimi Inari shrine to Tofukuji temple guided walk

* Explore 1,300 year old Fushimi-Inari Taisha and its thousands of vermilion red torii gates * Discover Japan's deep connection with Shintoism and the role it plays in everyday life * Walk the backstreets through a traditional neighbourhood to beautiful Tokufuji temple * Marvel at Japan's largest Buddhist Sanmon gate and meditation hall - both national treasures * Find your inner zen at one of Kyoto's most tranquil rock gardens * Delight your taste buds with some of the city's best local street food!

A great half day tour for first timers to Kyoto, our Fushimi Inari to Tofukuji guided walk explores the fascinating worlds of Shintoism and Buddhism while discovering two of the city’s most beautiful temple and shrine areas.
After taking the train from central Kyoto, we begin at Fushimi Inari shrine where we’ll learn about Inari Okami, one of the principal Shinto gods responsible for everything from foxes to fertility. As we make our way through the dizzying array of spectacular gates which snake up the mountain, we’ll also uncover many of the area’s unique hidden statues – all which have a story to tell! 
Every climb up a mountain should be rewarded and returning to the base, we allow ample time to explore some of Kyoto’s best street food. Whether your tastes are sweet, savoury or vegetarian, we’ll explain the subtle differences in the local cuisine and guarantee the food will be full of flavour!  
We then make our way through a local neighbourhood via its charming backstreets to Tofukuji temple, one of the Five Great Temples of Kyoto. Originally constructed in the 13th century and home to some of Japan’s finest preserved Zen Buddhist architecture, the Sanmon gate, meditation hall, bathing rooms and elaborate gardens maintain their original form and are spectacular, particularly in autumn. We finish by returning to Tofukuji station which offers excellent access back to the central city.
This walking tour is best done in the morning and for those who would like to beat the crowds or are keen photographers, an early start (e.g. 7am) is recommended. We can also extend this into our Backstreets of Higashiyama tour or allow more time to do a complete circuit of Mt Inari which offers some magnificent photo opportunities and great views over Southern Kyoto.



  • The price does not include transportation or temple entrance fees for each guest and the guide 

  • We will provide an accurate estimate of these fees and any customised options at the time of confirmation

  • Please allow a little extra cash to enjoy the local street food! We can also tailor this tour to suit vegan and vegetarian clients

  • As this is a private walking tour, we can adjust the pace and length to suit but please let us know of any mobility issues

  • Please note our cancellation policy under ‘FAQs’ and we require all guests to have comprehensive travel insurance

1 - 5 GUESTS
  • Accommodation meet and greet
  • Expert bilingual private guide
  • Early morning start possible (7am)
  • Secret spots and hidden gems
  • Option to customise into a full day tour


We had an excellent morning with our guide Chris, who showed us some hidden gems of Kyoto on this very enjoyable walking tour. His enthusiasm for Kyoto and Japanese traditions helped our family to get a real appreciation of Kyoto and Japanese history. Chris then went above and beyond the tour to help us organise our onward travel and provided loads of local advice! Highly recommend these walking tours, for singles, couples or for families!
Photo of Kyoto Guided Walks clients at Fushimi Inari torii gates
M Krome

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