Fushimi Inari

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Fushimi Inari
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The shrine's full name is Fushimi Inari Taisha. "Fushimi" is a nearby town. "Inari" is the Shinto god of rice, sake and prosperity. "Taishi" is "shrine" in English.

Gate size

Many torii gates are about 3 meters or 10 feet tall. That's high enough for visitors to walk through them. However, there are also many tiny torii placed off the walkways.


The pathways are lined with some Kitsune (fox) statues because that creature is considered to be the messenger of the god Inari.


The current Fushima Inari site dates back to the 9th century.


This wonder attracts millions of visitors each year.

Souvenirs and food

Small enterprises line the paths. Shops sell souvenirs including torii miniatures. Eateries serve traditional specialities like Kitune udon (noodles garnished with fried tofu) and Inari sushi (sweetened rice wrapped in fried tofu).

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