Little Japanese girl running through the Red Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto; Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's landmarks and has been featured in countless movies as backdrop. A torii is a traditional Japanese gate commonly found at the entry to a Shinto shrine. The basic structure of a torii is two columns that are topped with a horizontal rail. Slightly below the top rail is a second horizontal rail. Torii are traditionally made from wood and are usually painted vermilion red.