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Western Honshu Sights

Taikodani Inari Jinja (Taiko Valley Inari Shrine)

  • 409 Ushiroda Map It
  • Tsuwano
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 09/20/2013

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This is one of the five most revered Inari shrines in Japan. Inari shrines are connected with the fox, a Shinto symbol of luck and cleverness. People come to pray for good fortune in business and health. A series of 1,174 red wooden gates are suspended above steps that climb up the western side of the valley to the shrine, and the journey is a nice hike with a jaw-dropping view of the valley waiting for you at the top. From the station, follow the streamside Tono-machi-dori

past the Katorikku Kyokai (Catholic church), but before crossing the river turn right onto the small lane. The lane leads to the tunnel-like approach through the gates to the structure high on a cliffside. You can also take a bus that approaches by a back road; the Tsuwano Tourist Information Office can help with this. Yasaka Jinja is another shrine on the site, where every July 20 and 27 sees the famous Heron Dance Festival.

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409 Ushiroda, Tsuwano, Shimane-ken, 699-5605, Japan

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