Taikodani-Inari-jinja Shrine

Shimane, Chugoku

Beautiful brilliant red temple
One of Japan's 5 Great Harvest God Idols

The red Shinto Shrine archway pillars will especially catch your eye, in the simple scenery of Tsuwano Town, a tranquil castle town in Shimane Prefecture. Passing through the archway, climb a stairway about 300 meters, and huge sacred rice straw rope hangs, and a red shrine building is in the tranquil Taikodani Inari Shrine. It was founded in 1773. The person who began this built it in the hope of bringing peace and order to the people. It was opened for worship in the Meiji Era, and became one of Japans 5 Great Harvest God Idols.

An Inari Shrine worships a rice god which rules over the 5 grains. Other Inari shrines in Japan are written with characters meaning “Rice bearing,” but this shrine it is written as “Rice achieve,” because it is said to be the only shrine in all of Japan which also fulfills great wishes. As a god of business prosperity and better fortune, pilgrims come from the Sanin region, and also from Shikoku and Kyushu islands. Over a million pilgrims visit each year. It receives the second most shrine visitors In Shimane Prefecture, after Izumo Grand Shrine. Especially during the festivals held in spring and fall, the normally quiet Tsuwano Town is filled with people.


409 Ushiroda, Tsuwano-cho, Kanoashi-gun, Shimane

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