Fushimi Inari Shrine is the headquarters of the 30,000 Inari shrines in Japan. It's long history began in the Nara period (710 - 794), on the first "horse day*" of Feb. 711 A.D., when the Inari deity is believed to have been enshrined. The deity Inari has been worshipped fervently by the people for bountiful harvests, good business, the well-being of families and making wishes come true.
From ancient times, Mt. Inari has been the precinct of this shrine. Many torii gates dedicated by devotees line the paths on the mountain. Among such torii gates is the "Senbon Torii" tourist attraction. This ascending vermillion tunnel of the thousand gates, is what the shrine is best known for.