Fushimi-Inari-Taisha
You may have seen a picture of numerous red Torii gates (gates of a shrine) as an image of Japan. These gates are in the site of Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine in the southern part of Kyoto. It is said that in 711, a nobleman Hata-no-kimi Irogu built this shrine, which is dedicated to the gods of harvest and business. Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine is the head shrine of more than 30 thousand Inari Shrine all over in Japan. Inari Shrine is a shrine where the god of the harvest and business is worshiped. Although they are called Senbon Torii (1,000 Torii gates), there are actually about 10,000 on the hill and the number of them is still increasing. They have been donated by merchants who wish for success and prosperity. If you would like to go through all of them, it will take a few hours and a lot of energy. However, to go through the tunnel of gates and climb up to the top of Mt. Fushimi, it would surely make you refreshed. You can also enjoy a view of Kyoto city.