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Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine has been made famous in modern culture through countless photographs and movies, including Memoirs of a Geisha, that depict the thousands of photogenic vermilion torii lining the stone paths throughout the extensive shrine grounds.
Only a short walk along the stone path lined with the Vermilion Torii is required to see and experience the atmosphere that Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is so famous for. However to walk along all the paths to the top of the Inariyama hill can take around 2 hours. At the top of the hill there are over 10,000 tsuka (mounds for private worship).
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is an incredibly popular shrine. During the 3 days around the Japanese New Year in 2006, an estimated 2.7 million people visited Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is the head shrine for some 30,000 Inari shrines throughout Japan.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Traditionally this has meant that business leaders, typically merchants or manufacturers, have worshiped Inari. The wide spread consumption of rice in Japan did not occur until 150 years ago, so traditionally the wider population had little interest in Inari. Most of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine have the name of the business, business group or family that donated the torii to the shrine, painted on the vertical post in a high contrast black paint.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Structures