Yutoku Inari Shrine, Kashima

Yūtoku Inari Shrine is a shrine located in Kashima City, Saga Prefecture. It is one of the most famous Inari shrines in Japan.HistoryDedicated to Inari, the kami whose messengers are foxes, it is the third largest of its kind in Japan. It was constructed in 1688 as the family shrine of the Nabeshima clan who ruled what would become the Saga area (called Hizen at that time) during the Edo period. It was built to the Inari kami of the harvest by a princess from Kyoto named Manko Hime (萬子媛) who married Nabeshima Naotomo. The Nabeshima clan was entrusted with protecting Edo’s interests in Kyūshū, in particular the city of Nagasaki, which was one of the few ports open to foreign contact during Japan’s period of isolation.The shrine is also popular for new year celebrations and is very crowded during the first two weeks of January. Make Yutoku Inari Shrine part of your personalized Kashima itinerary using our Kashima route maker app .
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  • Yutoku Inari is one of three major Inari shrines in Japan. We have visited the other 2 so have planned for a trip here in our recent stay at Hakata. It was a 30 mins JR trip to alight at Kashima...  more »
  • We went here last Sunday. We almost missed the fall leaves. The Shrine is massive and lovely. If you want to see the panoramic view from the top, you would need to hike uphill for about 10minutes or.....  more »
  • Amazing shrine!! Gives off a 'spirited away' (千と千尋の神隠し) vibe~ great place to walk around, pray, relax, and short city hike! Definitely recommend this place.
  • This is one of the major inari shrines of Japan. It’s a lot like the one in Kyoto without all the fanfare. There’s a great view of Saga from the top. It’s an easy hike with a lot of interesting spots to admire along the way. All four seasons have special fauna. This is a must see part of any trip to Saga Prefecture.
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