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Yūtoku Inari Shrine, Kashima

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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 wild fox kami, 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.
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  • Up the stairs is a large shrine located in Kashima to pray. Red environment is impressive. There were a lot of people who are visiting and the three greatest Inari shrines in Japan.
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  • The climb up the top is manageable. Great view on top and pretty cherry blossoms makes the place a pretty sight. Best to go if you are driving. It now has a lift which brings you up.  more »
  • Just cherry blossoms in full bloom was very beautiful. Red building was really stands out of pink cherry blossoms. It is one of the three greatest Inari shrines in Japan. There were a lot of visitors even on weekdays.
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  • Very interesting Temple. Fantastic! Please go see!
  • Do not miss the place if you are in kyushu
  • One of my all time favourite shrines in Japan! Absolutely breathtaking!
  • I went at the beginning of October. Impressed with during this season would be clean. Temple at there had been with pink and blue. So ashamed of having Uncle pink indigo blue. That elevator is available free of charge in wheelchairs that it's better? I thought.
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  • Solemn and does not change even in the summer, in the winter. Great old fashioned in roadside shops. They say the most wonderful feeling the powerful red building. Through 50 years and indeed now far the inner sanctuary is still best.
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