Precedent for The Gates?
gates are set up along paths that wind up and down a hillside behind theshrine itself. The effect is very dramatic, and in many ways strikingly similar to The Gates, minus the fabric, anyway.
See this link to japan-guide.com for a description and some photos of Fushimi Inari Taisha. This blog entry has some great photos too. I wonder if Christo and Jeanne-Claude have ever been there...