This is one of Kyoto's most visually spectacular shrines, with thousands of vermillion-colored torii gates straddling trails that lead up sacred Mt. Inari. Founded in the 8th century to honor Inari, the god of rice, it has long been a popular location for merchants to pray for success in their businesses. There are also statues of foxes, thought to be messengers of the god, and smaller subsidiary shrines. The top of Mt. Inari has beautiful views of Kyoto.
Home to Japan's Imperial court for over 1,000 years Kyoto is the country's most historically significant city. It boasts 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, hundreds of shrines and temples, is home to traditional kaiseki cuisine, has many skilled artisans, and craft stores.