Fushimi Inari-taisha - KYOTO, JAPAN
Fushimi Inari-taisha is the head shrine of the kami Inari (spirits that are venerated in the religion of Shinto). The shrine is located in Fushimi-ku of Kyoto, Japan and it sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari, which is 233 metres (764 ft) above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) and take approximately 2 hours to walk up.
Fushimi Inari-taisha is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice and agriculture, but merchants and manufacturers also worship Inari as the patron of business.
It is famed for its variety of shrines and vermilion torii shrine gates, with thousands of them winding their way up the sacred Mountain Inari. The shrine was founded in 711 making it one of Kyoto's oldest and most historic landmarks.