Walk through the endless orange Torii gates.
The Fushimi Inari Taisha is perhaps one of the most well-known shrines in Japan, thanks to the phenomenal rows of Torii gates behind it, which lead to the sacred Mount Inari. This shrine is the most important all those dedicated to Inari, the God of rice and sake. As foxes are believed to be Inari's messengers, expect to see plenty of fox statues around the shrine grounds, holding keys to the granaries in their mouths. For Sengoku Era lovers, take note of the Romon Gate at the shrine’s entrance; it was donated by the famous Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Be sure to pay respect to the resident deity at the honden (main hall) by making a small offering.
Explore the mountain trail behind the shrine, as that remains the main reason why many visitors flock to this place. Walk through the seemingly never-ending path, which stretches along two parallel rows of gates called Senbon Torii. Make a pit stop at the Yotsutsuji intersection halfway up the mountain and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of Kyoto, while you make the tough decision whether to continue up to the peak or call it a day and head back down!