Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is the head Shinto shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto city. the shrine was dedicated to the god of rice, sake, and prosperity in the eighth century. now it is seen as the patron for intercession in business matters, each of the Torii is donated by a Japanese business. Fushimi Inari is famous for its remarkable sight of mountain trail covered with thousands of torii gate (shrine gates). it takes about 2 hours to walk along the whole mountain trail, and you can enjoy the beautiful view of Kyoto city from the top. a pair of fox statues can be seen at the front of "Ro-Mon gate", two-storied gate, instead of "Koma-Inu", a pair of stone-carved guardian dogs. foxes are said to be the messengers of Inari. in addition to the foxes, many fox statues can be seen throughout the site of the shrine. teh keys that some of them hold in their mouths are for the rice granaries.
A "Torii" can be seen immediately. This is the entrance path that leads to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.
Torii are found all over the place. How many could there possibly be? The atmosphere nearly seems to pull one into another dimension.
The main hall of Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is at the foot of Mt. Inari, and the entire mountain is considered to be the precincts of the shrine. Torii extend all the way to the summit of the mountain. For those who are confident in their strength, why not try climbing to the top?