Yūtoku Inari Shrine

Japan's third largest shrine to the god of prosperity

By Bradford Pomeroy   Oct 2, 2014

The Yūtoku Inari Shrine in Kashima City, Saga Prefecture, is the third largest Inari shrine in Japan. Strikingly majestic, it looks like something you would more commonly find in Kyoto or Nara. Perhaps this is not surprising considering that a princess from Kyoto, Manko Hime, had the shrine built in 1688 to honor Inari, the god of prosperity (as well as rice, tea, and sake). This is truly worth the trip if you are living in or spending any time in Saga Prefecture. There's a lot to take in, so reserve at least an entire day for your trip.

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Kim B 3 weeks ago
I'm heading to Saga later this year, so I'll have to put this beautiful spot on my itinerary!
Elena Lisina a year ago
I like the photos! Inari jinja is always my favorite in Japan!
Alexandra May a year ago
It seems as if this shrine is usually not very crowded compared to other temples or shrines, where you have to be very early to avoid crowds. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks :) Alex
Cordelia Ding a year ago
A beautiful shrine
Jihad Mahmoud 2 years ago
The architecture is beautiful! Thank you for sharing