Motonosumi Inari Shrine

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.

Spot details

Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Yuyatsuou 498
open everyday
Parking Lot
Available (Bus 6 spaces, Motorcycle Approx. 20 spaces)
Credit Card
Available (store only VISA, MasterCard)
Available (Nagato Free Wi-Fi)
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
[Contact] Nagato City Tourist Information Center YUKUTE:0837-26-0708
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Truly Beautiful Inari Shrine built in 1955
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.05.06
    This and the Ryugu Wave Splash, when we visited on May 4th, 2021 were a great experience. The only downer was that at the end of Tori gates you had to wade thru 1-2mud because of a heavy squall that...
  • Photogenic
    4.0 Reviewed:2020.09.12
    Motonosumi Shrine is now a main tourist attraction in Nagato area, but it became popular only recently. Its picturesque Torii gates were propagated widely through SNS, and thanks to that tourists...
  • Gorgeous and Well Worth a Visit
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.08.29
    The Motonosumi Shrine is a popular attraction in Yamaguchi and for good reason, its beautiful! The gates and scenery are just gorgeous, the coast here is wonderful. When arriving at the gates, it...

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