From Arashiyama area to Fushimi-Inari Shrine


1. Overview

How to get to Fushimi-Inari Shrine from Arashiyama area ?

Visitors Question

You can go by JR (JR Sagano line + JR Nara line).

Locals Answer

The recommended way to Fushimi-Inari Shrine from Arashiyama area is “by JR (Sagano line + Nara line)”.
There is no direct bus service available between them.

The map below is the overview of the routes, time and fare.

From Arashiyama to Fushimi-Inari Shrine, firstly please head for JR line station.

The name of the JR station is Saga-Arashiyama, located a little bit away from main attractions in Arashiyama.
You need more than 10 minites’ walk.

Check the location map below, showing time to the station from main attractions in Arashiyama.

On the JR line, the nearest station for Fushimi-Inari Shrine is Inari.

It actually takes about 30 to 40 minutes in total from Saga-Arashiyama Sta. to Inari Sta. due to train schedule.

The fare is ¥240 for an adult.

You need to change trains at Kyoto station, from Sagano line to Nara line. 

The followings are the detail.

2. By JR line for Fushimi-Inari Shrine

2-1 By JR (Sagano line) : From Saga-Arashiyama Sta. to Kyoto Sta.

JR Saga-Arashiyama station is located, for example, about 10 minutes’ walk to the east from Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama.

Firstly, I’ll show you the way to Kyoto station from Saga-Arashiyama station by JR Sagano line.

1. Take any Trains bound for Kyoto Station

Local and rapid type of trains are available at Saga-Arashiyama station on JR Sagano line.

Because Kyoto station is the last stop of this line, please take any type of trains bound for Kyoto Station.

Normaly, the trains depart from track No.1 or 2.
Only trains that start from Saga-Arashiyama station depart from track No.4.

So, check the track by an electric noticeboard before riding.

(Electric Noticeboard of Track No. 1, 2 showing the train type, departure time and track)

2. Change Trains at Kyoto Station

In 17 minutes by local trains, trains arrive at Kyoto station (by rapid train, taking 11 minutes).

Kyoto station is the last stop, so it’s easy when get off.

2-2  How to Transfer at Kyoto Station (From Sagano line to Nara line)

Trains from Saga-Arashiyama arrive at Kyoto station track No.31, 32 or 33 (Sagano line).

Then, trains for Fushimi-Inari Shrine depart from track No.8, 9 or 10 (Nara linte).

JR Kyoto station is huge, it takes at least 5 minute to change trains form Sagano line to Nara line.

The followings show the recommended way.

1. After getting off, Head for the Overpass ahead.

When you get off trains, please head for forward direction, following the “Nara line” track sign.

Go up the escalator on your right, then you come to the overpass.

2. Walk on the Overpass

Walk on the overpass until you come to the platform No.8 and 9.

3. Go down stairs or escalator

At the platform No.8 and 9 on the overpass, go down stairs or escalator, then you come to the platform of JR Nara line.

You can also go to track No.10 from there.

2-3  By JR (Nara line) : From Kyoto Sta. to Inari Sta.

Local and Rapid type trains also run on the JR Nara line.

Usually only local trains stop Inari Station. (on peak season such as New Year holidays, cherry blossom or autumn leaves, Rapid train sometimes may stop Inari station)

1. Take local Trains on JR Nara line

For Fushimi-Inari Shrine, take local trains departing from track No.8, 9 or 10.
The local trains are usually operated about 4 times per hour.

2. Get off at Inari Sta., the 2nd station from Kyoto Sta.

In 5 minutes’ ride, trains arrive at Inari station.

At Inari station, please head for the exit located the center of the platform (No.2) where you just get off.

(The Exit of Inari Station)

3. The Way to Fushimi-Inari Shrine after Getting Off the Trains

When you get out of the JR Inari Station exit, Fushimi Inari shrine is just in fron of you.

From the station, it takes 3 minutes’ walk to the main shrine (hall), and about 7 minutes’ walk to the most popular place called “Senbon Torii” in Japanese, meaning thousands of Torii gates in English.

For your reference, the followings show the way to the main shrine (hall) of Fushimi Inari Shrine.

1. Head for the Torii Gate on your left.

After getting out of the Inari Station, walk torward the Torii gate on your left.

2. Through the Approach, You Come to the Main Gate of Fushimi-Inari Shrine

Walk on the approach, soon, you come to the main gate of Fushimi Inari Shrine.


4. Fushimi Inari Shrine Information 

 Opening Hours

  Open 24 Hours

 Admission Fee 

  just visitting is for free

 Best time to visit 

  Anytime you want to visit !

 Other Information 

  Relatively not crowded in the early morning