Best Things to Do in Kyoto
This Shinto shrine can be recognized by the thousands of vermilion torii gates leading to the top of Mount Inari.
The torii gates, painted to represent the color of the sun, are donations made by individuals and businesses seeking good fortune and prosperity. The donor’s name and donation date are inscribed on the back of each respective gate. Fushimi Inari Shrine is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice and sake, whose messenger is the fox (kitsune). All throughout the shrine grounds you’ll spot stone statues of foxes, wooden fox plaques (ema) on which you can write prayer requests and restaurants that serve themed dishes like kitsune udon.