Takahashi Inari Shrine – Kumamoto | Travel Information

Takahashi Inari Shrine is a small Shinto shrine located in the city of Kumamoto, Kumamoto prefecture. 

It was first founded in 1496, significantly older than most shrines in Japan. 

Much like the Kyoto Fushimi Inari Taisha, and the Sapporo Fushimi Inari Jinja, the shrine is dedicated to the god Inari. The god Inari takes the form of a Fox (kitsune). If you see a Kitsune Statue at a Inari Shrine, it will usually be accompanied closely by another fox of the opposite sex. 

A popular offering at Inari Shrines is Sake(Japanese Rice Wine), or Rice. They are  given at Inari Shrines to the Kitsune, as they are believed to be the messengers for the gods. 

Many of the Inari Shrines, including Takahashi Inari Shrine have a pathway lined with red torii gates. However, Takahashi Inari Shrine is significantly smaller than the Kyoto Fushimi Inari Shrine, so the pathway of Torii gates is much shorter.


Nevertheless, at the Kyoto Fushimi Inari Shrine, you will have a much harder time getting photos of the torii gates as there is always an endless wave of tourists day in, day out.  

The Temple hosts an annual festival on November the 8th, attracting hundreds of Local residents to the Shrine. 

Address: 9 Chome-6-20 Kamidai, Nishi Ward, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture 860-0068, Japan

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