Yutoku Inari-jinja Shrine 祐徳稲荷神社
One of Japan's three largest Inari shrines
While at the majestic Yutoku Inari-jinja Shrine, you might forget for a moment that you are even in rural Saga. The shrine was founded in 1687, and this massive, vermillion-lacquered complex draws in several million visitors per year.
- The corresponding museum, containing armor, weaponry, and artwork about the Kashima Domain
- The long shopping arcade, dotted with shops and eateries for a quick lunch or snack
How to Get There
A 10-minute bus ride from Hizen-Kashima Station
From Saga Station, take the JR Kamome to Hizen-Kashima Station. The trip is around 20 minutes. From Hizen-Kashima Station, you can access a bus that will take you for a 10-minute ride to Yutoku Inari-jinja Stop. From there, the shrine is a three-minute walk.
Way to the Gohonden
The shrine is widely spread out with both stairs and an elevator to gain access to the gohonden, or main hall, which is 18 meters above ground. If you're feeling athletic and adventurous, continue up the pathways leading up the hill. On the way up, you'll notice the vivid colors beginning to fade into more weathered patinas.
The Inari deities, in the form of a fox, are associated with fortune, rice, and wine. They're usually marked with successions of red torii, or Shinto gates. At Yutoku Inari-jinja Shrine, there are so many foxes that they seem to be almost marching in formation up the massive hill in the backdrop.