Yamaguchi – Motonosumi Inari Shrine


Motonosumi Inari Shrine has become such a famous tourists’ spot recently in Yamaguchi prefecture. The shrine was built by a local resident of Nagato, Yamaguchi prefecture called Hitoshi Okamura in 1955. It is said that he received a divine message from the fox spirit to build a shrine on the picturesque cliffs. Whether or not the story is true, you will definitely be amazed by breathtaking view from the secluded shrine on the coast with 123 torii gates. The path stretches over 100 meters and is said to bring good luck in business, fishing, safety of the ocean, relationships, pregnancy, transportation, and studying, etc.

What really sets this shrine apart is the offertory box where traditionally you throw a coin in to make a wish or ask for luck. As the shrine’s box is attached to the top of the first torii gate on the path, 6 meters from the ground, it is extremely difficult to throw the coins at the box. Of course you can try as many times as you want to make your wish come true by getting your coins into the offertory box!

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