Torii Tunnel at Fushimi-Inari-taisha
Fushimi-Inari-taisha (Fushimi-Inari shrine) is famous for it's thousands of orange torii (Shinto shrine gates). It is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice, although now-a-days this god is also considered the god of industry. Some might come here to seek a blessing for a business venture. You might mistake Inari for being a fox god because of all of the fox statues around the shrine, but these are the messengers of Inari, in Shinto images of gods are not made.
I've chosen a view of the gates taken from the opposite direction than you'll typically see on most webpages about the shrine or in travel guide books. This photo has been taken in the direction of heading out of the shrine, so that you can see the writing on the gates. This writing is the name of the person or organisation who donated the gate and the date of their donation. All of the gates in the shrine have been donated. The cost for donating a gate starts at around 400,000yen (approximately four thousand US dollars) for a smaller gate. In a way it is a kind of advertising.
There are two railway stations very close to the shrine. Inari station on the JR Nara line, is useful if you're coming from the Kyoto Station area, or connecting from the myriad of other JR trains which stop at Kyoto Station. Fushimi Inari station on the Keihan Main Line is useful if you're coming from downtown Kyoto or Osaka.
To see the spot where the gate frequency is at it's highest is only about a 5 minute walk from the stations. However there are over 4km of torii paths around a mountain, with many small shrines along the way. There are restaurants, snack bars and vending machines too. You can spend the whole day there if you wanted to. About halfway up the mountain there is a spot with a good view of Kyoto and a number of chairs, where you could have a picnic.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2D lens. Due to the harsh light contrasts I stopped this photo down by 2/3 of a stop in the camera, in iPhoto I toned down the highlights further and boosted the shadow areas.