A living spectacle: The popular landmarks of Asia
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice® awards for Landmarks. Winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. TripAdvisor also conducts highly-rated tours to these award winning landmarks. Here’s a look at the Top 10 Travellers’ Choice landmarks of Asia.
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Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto, Japan
Fushimi Inari-Taisha is the head in a series of shrines and vermilion gates that wind endlessly up a mountain in Southeast Kyoto. The worship of Inari, the god of rice is known to have existed since 711 AD, the official founding date of the shrine. Depictions of foxes - a messenger of the Inari - with a key to the rice granary in their mouths are often found in these shrines. The main idol in the Inari shrine is a mirror. Modern corporations, such as cosmetic company Shiseido, continue to revere Inari as a patron spirit, with shrines atop their corporate headquarters.