Sunday, May 22, 2016

Japan: Saga: Yutoku Inari Shrine

Yutoku Inari Shrine (祐徳稲荷神社)
849-1321 Saga-ken, Kashima-shi, Furueda, 1855

A shrine located in Kashima City, Saga Prefecture.

Dedicated 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. [Reference]

Getting there :
  • From Hakata Station, go to JR Hizen-Kashima Station (肥前鹿島駅 Hizenkashima-eki).  This station has very nice restroom area as well.  
  • Exit and cross the road for the Kashima Bus Center, (don’t worry, there are signs upon exit). 
  • You'll be welcomed by an old man trying to give you RT tickets for 320 jpy each, take this as IC cards are not accepted by this bus line.  There is also Information Center, if you have doubts.

  • Go to Platform 3 and it takes about 15-20 minutes bus ride until the Yutoku Inari-jinja Shrine stop. 

Yutoku Bus Timetable

  • Take the main road continue walking to left direction, it will take around 5-10 minutes,  passing by quiet street market, crossing a mini bridge, until you reach the destination.

I was about to skip this place since I have already visited Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto back in Nov 2012.  And so it was when I saw the latest movie which was shot in Saga that made me visit this place. 

Looking back at my Japan travel, this is another long walking journey for me.  From bus to the shrine grounds, going to the main shrine, passing more tori gates until halfway to Myobu Okami.  Sorry to tell, I did not push through the top, I was frightened to see some snakes or real fox guarding the mountains.

I must say, this is a good stop for me, to smell the forest, think and just simply stop to look around.  

Date Visited: May 17, 2016

Summary of 4 days itinerary in 2016 Spring Fukuoka Trip:

Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
Day 1
Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory
Mina Mall
Tenjin Undergroud Shopping
Fukuoka Tower
Ippudo TAO – Tenjin
[Tenjin] Underground Restaurant
Day 2
Huis Ten Bosch
Hakata Underground
Curry House Coco Ichibanya
Hotel Ascent Fukuoka
Day 3
Nanzo-in Temple
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park Kawabata Shotengai
ACROS vertical garden
Hakata Ekimae
Hotel Ascent Fukuoka
Day 4
Sasaguri Henro 88
Restaurant in Dazaifu Tenmagu
Hotel Ascent Fukuoka

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