Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari & Mt. Inari

Probably the most significant shrine and important tourist site in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari. The shrine sits at the base of 233-meter Mt. Inari, which has a 4 km hike to the summit that makes for a good, challenging trail run. Some of the hike is on a series of stairs, passing under thousands of vermilion gates (senbon torii).

People tell us it is OK to run here, but we advise asking about area etiquette and avoiding busy times. But this can be a good hike/walk/run combination.

Note: This trail is lit at night, which makes it very special.

Details of Hike With Landmarks (English)



  • 8 km RT, if you go to the summit. Note this is NOT a conventional run
  • A hill -- but a good # of switchbacks
  • Just outside the JR Nara Line Inari Station
  • Inari Station on JR Nara rail Line