10,000 gates lead the way along a 4km pathway to a sacred shrine in the south of Kyoto called Fushimi Inari, Inari being the God of rice. Fox statues are scattered en route to the shrine and are thought to be Inari's messengers.
This was probably one of the most difficult landmark to photograph with literally thousands of people continually walking through the gates and of course stopping to take photos. It took a long time, a HUGE amount of patience and about 200 photos to get the one above! April is the Cherry Blossom season and so thousands of people travel around Japan at this time of year. It was a very impromptu and spontaneous shot with a window of just about 3 seconds before being invaded by other tourists from both ways.
I like this side of the gates because of the Japanese characters which are not visible when walking the other way. This site is beautiful and very lush, the pathway is long and steep at times but it's possible to stop at some of the thousands small shrines edging the path and recovering your breath in a very peaceful location smelling enchanting incense. Each gate represents prosperity and good fortune to those who finance them. Some of them go back to 711 AD.