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Motonosumi Inari Shrine
Motonosumi Inari Shrine was built in 1955 by a local fisherman, after he dreamed about a white fox who ordered him to do so. It started getting attention since it was selected as one of "Japan's 31 most beautiful places" in 2015, presented by the American news channel CNN. The 123 red torii (gates) standing along the rear exit are truly impressive! Its believed effects are numerous, including commercial success, fishing success, safety at sea, luck in marriage, childbearing, good fortune, profits, road safety, academic success and other wishes that come true. Please stop by when you are traveling to Yamaguchi.
- 498 Yuyatsuo, Nagato-shi, Yamaguchi
- Contact No.
- 20-min taxi ride from Nagato Furuichi Station on JR San'in Honsen, or 10-min walk from Tsuo bus stop.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Open all year round
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
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Stunning View! Contrast of the Blue Ocean and Red Gates
The sight of the 123 torii standing by the ocean is overwhelmingly impressive and beautiful. Yamaguchi's ocean is said to be clear, the contrast of the red paint of the torii and the blue of the ocean seen from here is absolutely stunning. Please experience this breathtaking view yourself.
The Most Difficult-to-use Offertory Box in Japan
If you look closely at the torii at the entrance, there is an offertory box on its top! It is said that if you toss a coin and manage to get it in, your wish will come true. Let's make a wish and try throwing a coin into this supposedly "most difficult-to-use in Japan"- offertory box.
The Fox, Servant of God
Because the servant of the deity worshiped here is a fox, there is a fox statue placed underneath the torii with the offertory box by the rear walkway. The fox on the stamp for visitors is also very cute!
Protected Natural Monument, The Scenic "Ryugu no Shiofuki"
Lucky visitors get to see Ryugu-no-Shiofuki, which is a wave crashing against the underwater cave and loudly splashing the water of the wave up to 30 meters. Seen from afar it looks like a dragon rising up to the sky, and the splashes look like silver sand scattered against the sunlight.