Fushimi Inari(伏見稲荷) in Kyoto(京都).
Fushimi Inari is one of the most famous shrines in Japan. It's famous for a lot of torii (red arch gates) and fox statues.
Especially almost visitors walk under Senbon Torii (千本鳥居)(One thousand torii). It's just the arch tunnel of red torii standing on back area of the main shrine.
Even going through Senbon Torii, the pilgrimage routes still lead to a mountain behind.
There are huge numbers of torii as Senbon Torii on almost pilgrimage routes. Nobody knows how many torii are standing in the site of Fushimi Inari, but one theory goes as numbers of torii in Fushimi Inari are about 10,000 if it's included small torii which people can't pass under.
The pilgrimage routes in the forest are mysterious, filled with warm sunlight filtering down through the trees and calm atmosphere. There are a lot of side routes, shrines, fox statues. A lot of Japanese gods lives in there. If you walk almost pilgrimage routes in Fushimi Inari, you can enjoy traditional atmosphere in Japanese mythology to your heart's content all day long.
Lovely! You will come to Japan? Have a nice trip. I recommend visiting Fushimi Inari.
There is so many path that you can walk a full day without walking two time under the same torii.
Just think about looking on the sides of the path you'll see nice things too.
I didn't know the lifespan of a torri but as Is saw some rotten they must be rebuild from time to time, but with the total number even replace few of them mean they must replace a lot each year.
Lifespan of a torii is about 15~20 years.
Yes I did. I was surprise to see how big it was because I was thinking there is only the two torii tunnel at the main gate. Then I saw there is more torii, and just try to see how far I can go, and it go far !
At a time I was on a place with some food and tea shop, it was the only place from the start of my walk where I can see the town, It was like an accomplishment, a reward after a so long walking, to give you the required energy to go to the top !
But does Star Fox have something to do with fox statues in Inari Shrine?
It's a very interesting place. ^^
There are a lot of shrines and temples in Kyoto.
One of the most interesting and beautiful shrines is Fushimi Inari.
Yes. If komainu which you watched are fox type and torii was red, it must be Inari Shrine.
Inari is a god of harvest, very famous and popular god in Japan.
So there are a lot of small Inari shrine throughout Japan.
Fushimi Inari is head Inari Shrine.
You live in Japan, don't you?
Please come visit Japan someday. ^^