It is said that the origin of Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine is that Hatano-kimi-Iguro enshrined the god on Mt. Inari in response to an imperial order in 711. It is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, and it is believed to be a god of good harvest, business prosperity, safety in the family and performing arts. Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine is is famous for its beautifully lined Torii gate! There are about 10,000 Torii gates across Mt. Inari, dedicated by believers and companies. Especially, the place called "Senbon Torii" where is the thousand of red-painted Torii built at narrow intervals is the most famous place in Mt. Inari. The custom of dedicating Torii gates to the shrine spread as a way of thanking for the wish coming through after Edo era. As a result, many Torii gates were dedicated to the shrine and making what they are today. It takes about 40 minutes just to walk from the entrance of the shrine, pass through the “Senbon Torii” and walk out of the exit. It takes about 1.5 hours for round trip to the observation deck halfway up Mt. Inari where you can see a nice view of Kyoto city. It takes more than 3 hours to climb to the top of Mt. Inari. Our recommendation is to climb to the observation deck. So, you can see a nice view of Kyoto reflected in sunset.