Fushimi Inari Taisha is arguably Kyoto Japan’s oldest, most important, and famous shrines. Established in 711, the shrine honors Inari, the god of rice, sake, and prosperity. The shrine is famed for its collection of shrines and vermilion torii shrine gates, with thousands of them winding their way up the sacred Mount Inari. People of all ages have gathered at the shrine to pray for bountiful harvests, success in business and the hope of their wishes and dreams coming true. It draws thousands of people, seeking blessings, especially for the first prayers of the New Year.