Motonosumi Inari Shrine (元乃隅神社)
A Shinto shrine located in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Although there are many “Inari” shrines in the country, Motonosumi Inari Shrine uses characters which differ from those normally used to write “Inari” and is one of only two shrines in the country to use these specific characters for “Inari.” After a white fox appeared besides the pillow of the head of a local fisherman’s union and made a pronouncement, this shrine was established here as a branch shrine of the Taikodani Inari-jinja Shrine in Shimane Prefecture in 1955. The shrine is said to provide worshipers with a variety of boons, including prosperous business, maritime safety, luck in love and marriage, luck in having children, improved fortunes, and protection from evil and misfortune. The shrine’s biggest highlight is the 123 red torii gates which form a tunnel along a path leading from the sea to the shrine at the top of a hill. In the background, blue ocean stretches to the horizon and the area’s famed “Ryugu no Shiofuki” (“The Dragon Spout”) occasionally bursts into the air in a shower of mist, and this site was even elected by the CNN television network in the US as one of the 31 most beautiful spots in Japan. The giant torii gate at the end of the trail has an offertory box on top famous for being the most difficult to place a coin into in Japan.
- open everyday
- Parking Lot
- Available (1st parking lot 92spaces, 2nd parking lot 24spaces)
- Credit Card
- Available (VISA, MasterCard/Motonosumi shop only Available)
- Temporary suspension of business:Closed until August 31, 2020 (Information as of July 20, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
- Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
- Temporary suspension of business:Closed until August 31, 2020 (searched on July 20, 2020)
*Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
- Average budget
- [Day] 1-1,000yen
- Estimated stay time
- 30-60 minutes
- Wheelchair accessible
- Infant friendly
- Pet friendly
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- Route from this Station Route from this Bus Stop Route from this IC Route from this Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Heading west along Japan's largest island, Honshu, the very last prefecture you'll reach is Yamaguchi, separated from Kyushu by a small strip of water known as the Kanmon Straits, which the far-reaching harbor city Shimonoseki looks over. With water at every turn, the seafood of Yamaguchi is an indisputable highlight, and we're not talking just the usual fish dishes - the notorious fugu, or puffer fish, is a Japanese delicacy that was discovered in Yamaguchi prefecture, making it the best place to try it out.