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The Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour

  • English-speaking guide is an expert on Japanese history, culture and Shinto religion

  • See sights off the beaten path; get recommendations on other experiences in Kyoto

  • Excellent photo opportunities; make lasting memories of your trip

The Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour
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The Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour

If you’re interested in a deeper understanding of the shrines and temples of Japan, take this tour of Fushimi Inari with a real insider. Go past the tunnels of red tori gates. Learn fascinating stories, history and folklore. See temples, shrines, forest-bathing sites and a zen garden, and get access to sites not on the official map.

What to Expect
Meet your guide at the entrance of Fushimi Inari Taisha, and take a tour of the main shrine. We will then go off the beaten track onto private shrines not shown on the official map to learn about the mystical practices and folk beliefs that are excluded from the official narrative.

After reaching a vantage point for a scenic view of southern Kyoto City, discover healing shrines, holy eggs, and Oseki-san, a god on Mt Inari, popular with devotees seeking deliverance from severe coughs and breathing difficulties.

Continue to a sub-temple of Tofukuji Temple via a secret route lined with hidden streams, waterfalls, and great cedar trees off the main trail. You will learn about the Hindu and Buddhist origins of some of the religious symbols, and the Korean and Tang Dynasty Chinese influence on folk shintoism along the way.

After spending a quiet moment in a zen garden, we will walk through the grounds of Tofukuji Temple and end the tour at Tofukuji Station.
Reviews (26)
1 - 5 of 26 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
The best guide ever

We had an amazing morning st the Shrine. Lee took us to the most amazing places on the hillside, and he is so knowledgable in so many fields, whether it is religion, Moss, gardens or whatever you ask. Highly recommended. Eva and Atle

2  Thank Eva Marit E
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello Eva & Atle, thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed the walk!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
A great way to spend a morning

From the first email, this was professionally done. Clear map and directions were sent. We had a small group and although we started in the same place as everyone else, we walked off and saw many different things. I really enjoyed learning the similarities and...More

Thank Lynn G
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello Lynn, thanks so much for the review! I hope you now have your own loupe to look at moss!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
If you do one tour in Kyoto you have to do this!

We did the tour today with Lee and I have to say after years of travelling and going on various different tours this was hands down the most informative, thoughtful and well presented tour I have ever experienced. Lee has a genuine passion for the...More

Thank Ciara N
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Ciara! Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm really glad you enjoyed the tour and hope you'll have fun around Japan again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alternative Fushimiri Inari

Besides being very familiar with Alternative Fushimi Inari area, Lee gave very insightful and interesting stories behind what we saw at the Inari. He managed the pace of the tour well and he responded to our questions. The walk was refreshing.

Thank edwardtien2018
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Edward, I'm glad you came on the tour! Hope you'll have fun guiding your family around Kyoto in November!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Just amazing!

In Short, it was my highlight of 3 weeks in Japan! Lee is knowledgeable and one of the most friendly humans I have ever met. If you want to get deeper into Japanese culture or even have questions I definitely recommend this tour! :-) All...More

1  Thank leonhardbaumann
Lee_Xianjie, Manager at Craft Tabby, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Leonhard, thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the walk!

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5 April 2018|
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