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YUTOKUINARI SHRINE

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YUTOKUINARI SHRINE

Along with Fushimiinari and Kasamainari Shrines, Yutokuinari Shrine is one of the 3 great Inari shrines. The Inari (a harvest God) is nicknamed “Yutoku-san” by the locals. The shrine was founded in Kashima in 1687 The vivid vermilion building set amongst the green of trees is impressive. Important structures of the building include the sanctuary, the front shrine and the romon (two-story gate) were finished in Japanese lacquer. The Inari is worshipped as the ancestral god of food, clothing and shelter, prayed to for productiveness of grains, trading prosperity, family prosperity, great catches of fish and safe journeys. Over 2,800,000 people visit the shrine every year. In spring, the “Tamagae (ball exchanging)” Festival is held on April 8th. In autumn, the“Ohitaki (fire)” Festival is held on December 8th. In addition, the outer garden of Higashiyama Park is famous for azaleas. 50, 000 beautiful azaleas bloom when in season. The treasures of the shrine, as well as art works of Kashima Nishiki (colorful brocade fabric), armor, swords and fine art owned by the successive Kashima lords, are displayed at the adjoining Yutokukuinari Museum.

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ADDRESS
Furueda, Kashima-shi, Saga
AREA
Saga prefecture
Arita, Imari : Saga prefecture
GENRE

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ACCESS
JR Trains: Take the JR Nagasaki Main Line until Hizen Kagoshima Station. At the Kashima Bus Center located in the front of the train station, take the Yutoku Bus bound for Yutoku-jinja until Yutoku-jinja-mae Bus Stop. It is a 5 minute walk from this stop.
Taxi: 10 minute taxi ride from Hizen Kagoshima Station.
Car: 30 minute drive from the Takeo Kitagata IC of the Nagasaki Expressway.
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Telephone Number:0954-62-2151 
Yutokuinari Shrine

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