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Inaba Shrine is near the foot of Mt. Kinkazan (Gifu Castle) and Gifu city's most popular shrine for worship during New Year's. I visited on Jan. 1, 2011.
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Inaba Shrine is Gifu city's main shrine. The path to the shrine is lined with food and souvenir stalls.
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Inaba Shrine worships a god named Inishiki-Irihiko-no-mikoto who was a member of the Imperial family during the Kofun Period. The present shrine was built here in 1539.
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Inaba Shine is a short bus ride from Gifu Station. Get off the bus on the main road, then walk through this path to the shrine. Can't miss it during New Year's.
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Sign reads, "Hatsumode" or New Year's worship.
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The first torii to the shrine.
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For the Year of the Rabbit.
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Pretty crowded, but it proceeded smoothly.
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From here, we had to wait in line.
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The second torii.
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Banners read Inaba Shrine.
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Arched bridge too steep to cross over.
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Inaba Shrine's taiko bridge. 神橋
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We had to wait a while...
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Romon Gate 楼門
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View from Romon Gate.
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The line proceeded fast enough.
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Approaching another gate called Shinmon. 神門
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View of Romon Gate from Shinmon Gate.
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Inaba Shrine's Haiden Hall was where we could pray.
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Lining up to pray at Haiden Hall.
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Inside Inaba Shrine's Haiden Hall.
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Offertory box
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People buying good luck charms.
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Inaba Shrine has a few other lesser shrines.
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黒龍社
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Romon Gate side view.
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Inari Shrine torii. 楓稲荷神社
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Kibi Shrine 吉備神社
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Serving hot ama-zake here.
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Chukonhi Monument for the war dead from the Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War. 忠魂碑
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