The Fushimi Inari Taisha Shinto shrine sits at the bottom of Inari mountain (Inari San). The origins of the shrine date back 711, but the current structures date to 1499. The shrine is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice, who has a fox (kitsune) as a messenger, explaining the numerous fox statues seen around the grounds of the shrine. It is famous for the thousands of vermilion torii gates (Senbon Torii), donated by companies and individuals, that climb the mountain to the top shine (kamisha) at the peak (Ichi no mine) of the mountain. Although this shrine is one of the finest in Kyoto it is not yet on the list of 17 UNESCO Heritage Sites in Japan. Near the top of Inari Mountain there is a nice view of Kyoto city lying in a bowl surrounded by mountains.