Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto - Jim Wageman

Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto place of worship founded in the 8th century, is dedicated to Inari, guardian god of rice, abundant crops, and prosperity. Noted for its 1,000 brilliant vermilion torii, or gates, that lead from the outer to the inner shrine areas, it has become a popular tourist attraction, drawing roughly three million visitors during the New Year's holidays alone.