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Nicknamed Tsuwano O-Inarisan, Taikodani Inari Jinja is one of Japan's Top Five Inari shrines noted for many vermillion torii gates along the path to the shrine.The shrine worships Uka-no-Mitama, a deity associated with food and agriculture, and the goddess Izanami. It is Shimane Prefecture's second most popular shrine after Izumo Taisha. About a 20-min. walk from JR Tsuwano Station.
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In Tsuwano, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine is on a hilltop with its many toriis clearly visible from the nearby river.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's many toriis going up the mountain.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's many toriis going up the mountain.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's many toriis going up the mountain.
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Entrance to Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine.
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Entering Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine.
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Many of the toriis are very old like this one from 1926.
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Inside the torii tunnel at Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine.
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Inside the torii tunnel at Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine in Tsuwano, Shimane Prefecture
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Moss growing on the top.
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Nice view as you go up. Lower left shows the entrance torii.
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One of the torii switchbacks on the way up.
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Small shrine on the way up.
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Map of the torii path and shrine.
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Another switchback.
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Torii peg.
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Makeshift roof over a bunch of toriis.
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View of the adjacent valley.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine toriis
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On the mountain in the distance, you can see a vermillion torii.
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A closer look at the torii in the mountains.
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This is what the torii looks like up close. It's a giant torii next to the mountain highway on the way to Tsuwano. Donated by someone for the shrine.
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Wash basin to purify yourself before praying at the shrine.
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Gate to Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.
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Finally reached the shrine.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.
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Since it was New Year's 2018, a kadomatsu decorated the Haiden.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.
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Inside Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.
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Shrine offices and souvenir stand.
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Shrine office and souvenirs.
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Ema prayer tablets.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's ema prayer tablet for 2018, Year of the Dog.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's ema prayer tablet for 2018, Year of the Dog.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's ema prayer tablet.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's ema prayer tablet.
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New Year's charms.
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The shrine's parking lot is downstairs. If you have a car, you can skip hiking through the torii gates and drive up here. There's also a trail to Tsuwano Castle.
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View from the parking lot.
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The shrine's old worship hall called Motomiya. Used before the current shrine Haiden worship hall was built in 1969.
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Inside the shrine's old worship hall called Motomiya.
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Shrine gate
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Shrine gate
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Shrine gate
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Walking back down from the shrine.
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Fried tofu, a good snack.
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From a distance, you see the shrine halfway up the mountain.
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Stone lantern near the shrine entrance.
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Shrine's first torii in town.
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Way to Inari Shrine.
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Near Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine is anotjer Shinto shine named Yasaka Jinja.
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Yasaka Jinja in Tsuwano.
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Lion dancer was at Yasaka Jinja for New Year's.
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About Yasaka Jinja.
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Yasaka Jinja's centuries old zelkova keyaki tree.
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Train tracks cross over the path to the Inari Shrine.
   
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