Built in 711, the Fushimi Inari Shrine is the most famous of several thousands shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto God of rice.
Foxes are thought to be his messengers of Inari and many fox statues can be found at Inari shrines. The foxes are sometimes seen holding keys in their mouths, the key to the rice granaries.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is also famous for its countless torii gates, offerings by worshippers, that cover the hiking trails of Inarisan, and the wooded mountain behind the shrine's main buildings. It takes about two hours to walk along the whole trail. Parts of the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha " was filmed here.
Japanese merchants worship Inari to bring them wealth and leave numerous offerings at the shrines.