Fushimi Inari Shrine

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The Fushimi Inari Shrine or the Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most important Shinto Shrines and is located in Kyoto. From 1871 to 1946 Fushimi Inari Shrine was one of the "official" Kanpei Taisha, a shrine that was recognized from the government as a "first rank" shrine.  Not only is it an important shrine but the orange Tori gates are quite beautiful.  Fushimi Inari continues to be is the "head shrine" of Inari and has a lot of dedicated Inari followers, the Shinto god of rice and tourists love visiting the shrine because aside from its beauty. Inari Shrine sits at the base of a mountain and there are many trails that lead up the mountain from the shrine area. Upon the entrance, visitors will notice the Romon Gate and then the main building which is the Honden. There are other various buildings also found in the area.  Inari is seen as the patron of business... merchants and manufacturers traditionally worshipped Inari. Each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha (the red standing gates) is donated by a Japanese business. First and foremost, though, Inari is the god of rice.