Fushimi Inari is a sanctuary in Kyoto dedicated to the Shinto spirit (Kami) of foxes which represent several industries such as agriculture and commerce. The site is located in the southern part of Kyoto and is composed by several temples dispatched on a mountain.
The sanctuary is especially famous for the beauty of its red tunnels made by traditional japanese gates (tori) which symbolize the transition between the two worlds (passing a gate would mean leaving the physical world to the spiritual world). Most of these gates are traditionaly built or purchased by japanese families and companies who believe that the Kami Inari will bring in return to them prosperity. It is said that even important japanese corporations are still today building regulary additional gates in their name.
The result is anyway impressive. Endless red tunnels are covering the whole mountain. The toris are sometimes so close to each other that you can’t really get wet when the weather is rainy. Getting lost is also possible as these corridors can form a real labyrinth for new comers.
An interesting fact is that Fushimi Inari will show you two faces: a first one when climbing the mountains: all gates will be completly red without any writting on them. However, on the way back to the main temple, you will see that most of the Toris have actually written message on their back, and will appear much more different and mysterious.