Motomiya-sai本宮祭

Summary

Lanterns and a torii gate at night during the Motomiya-sai festival at Fushimi Inari shrine.

Going to Fushimi Inari Taisha is a good decision any day of the week, but for those who want to combine it with a more festive environment, you should drop by for the Motomiya Festival, when Inari Shrine parishioners from all over the country gather at Fushimi Inari to worship.  

A taiko drum group perform during the Motomiya-sai festival at Fushimi Inari shrine.

This two day event, the Yomiya-sai and Motomiya-sai in mid-summer, is a lively, lantern-based celebration.  Starting from the evening of the first festival day, thousands of stone and wood lanterns scattered all over Mt. Inari will be lit, and laypeople who donate lanterns will also hang them on the paths throughout the shrine.  Traditional artists collaborate and donate beautifully painted square paper lanterns that are lit around the circumference of the main shrine area at the base of the mountain.  

Colorful streamers hanging from a lantern during the Motomiya-sai festival at Fushimi Inari shrine.

Throughout the two days of the festival various performances are held to entertain those who come to pray, including taiko drum concerts and dance exhibitions.  A traditional Motomiya-odori dance is also held in the evenings.  

Things to See/Do

  • Food Stalls

  • Taiko Drums

  • Illumination

Schedule

2019 Schedule

July 20th: Yoimiya Festival, 18:00~

July 21st: Motomiya Festival, 09:00~

Access

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Address

〒612-0882  京都市伏見区深草薮之内町68番地

TEL 075-41-7331
FAX 075-42-2153
WEB http://inari.jp/

Admission

  • General Admission: Free

Hours

  • General Admission: 09:00 – 17:00 (grounds open 24 hours)
  • Closed: No closing days

Transportation

  • From Kyoto Station ⇒ JR Line local train ⇒ Inari Station
  • By Keihan Line ⇒ Fushimi Inari Station ⇒ 10 minutes walking
  • By City Bus ⇒ Bus Route Number 南5 (South) ⇒ Fushimi Inari Taisha Bus Stop