Fushimi Inari Taisha, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, is the grand head shrine of more than thirty thousand Inari-jinja Shrines across Japan. Inari-jinja enshrines Inari Okami, the deity of agriculture and commerce bringing bumper harvest and prosperous business. Inari Okami is affectionately called “Oinari-san.” Amazingly, this shrine has over 1300 years of history.
The entire area of Inari Mountain is a holy precinct of the shrine. Winding torii gateways connect scattering shrines and sacred spots. The overall length of gateways spread throughout the mountain is about 4 kilometers.
Senbon Torii (a thousand torii) actually consists of more than ten thousand of vermilion-lacquered toriis. Scenic view of the gateway is widely introduced in overseas media and eventually Fushimi Inari Taisha has become most popular sightseeing place among foreign tourists in recent years.
Most foreign visitors are to see Senbon Torii after passing through the main shrine. Many of them are dressed in mountaineering wear in preparation for climbing continuous mountain path.
In about ten minutes of climbing gateways, the path is in deep woods and traffic becomes less frequented. On the path, there is a teahouse for a short break.
From the top of mountain, you can enjoy the view of Kyoto city.
Circling gateways takes more than an hour. It is not too much to say that the path is full-scale route for trekking. Inari Mountain is a recommended place where you can take a therapeutic walk in the woods and feel mystical energy by offering prayers in sacred shrines at same time.
After a pilgrimage, you may feel the great spiritual power that brings you good fortune.