Tucked away off the main roads and deep among the trees is one of the most vibrant colored shrines in Kyushu and one of the three greatest Inari shrines in Japan! Yutoku Inari-jinja (Shrine), located in Kashima City, is popular amongst both locals and travelers near and far. The shrine is visited by almost 3 million every year!
Yutoku Inari is one of my absolute favorites! The colors of the shrine are extremely vivid and combined with the surrounding greenery, it makes for a great sight to experience no matter what time of the year it may be. The main architecture, including the main shrine, the front shrine and the two-storied gate, is all lacquered. There is an absolutely beautiful Japanese garden on the shrine’s grounds as well. Inside you can find many trees, plants, flowers, and a small red bridge that crosses over a stream flowing through the garden.
This gorgeous shrine, built in 1687, is worshipped as the ancestral god of food, clothing and shelter, as well as the guardian god of rich harvests, good business, family prosperity, large fish hauls, and traffic safety.
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!