Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Its possible to drive up to Taikodani Inari Shrine in Tsuwano, but its better to walk up through the more than 1,000 torii that make a tunnel that switchbacks up the hillside.
The shrine is modelled on the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine near Kyoto, the head shrine of all Inari Shrines in Japan.
It was founded by the local Daimyo Kamei Morisada in 1773 to protect Tsuwano's castle from the NE, the direction of evil. It was a private shrine until the 1870's when the public were first allowed in.
Most of the shrine is of modern concrete construction, but one of the secondary shrines is still made of wood.
There are numerous smaller shrines, all dedicated to different Inaris.
This where we came to the Shunki Taisai Festival earlier this year.