People are mesmerized while walking through the virtual tunnels of Senbon Torii. The surreal pathway stretches for about 2.5 miles and requires over two hours to reach the top at 765 feet. A parallel walkway of gates is used for the return trip. Each gate is inscribed with a message from the donor. Be prepared to feel the push and shove from other tourists. But the average day’s crowd pales in comparison to the early January celebrations – especially Saitan-sai on January 1 – when thousands of worshippers come to pray.