Takayama Inari Shrine – Aomori | Travel Information

Takayama Inari Shrine, Aomori Prefecture, is a smaller version of the more famous Fushimi Inari Shrine of Kyoto. The some 200 colourful orange/red torii gates line the pathway up to the actual shrine building. 

Despite it not being as popular than the Kyoto counterpart, the Takayama Inari shrine still is quite scenic and if you have the opportunity to visit, then you should definitely do it.

There are 2 common characteristics of a Inari Shrine. One characteristic is the precense of Fox Statues. At most other shrines, you will find lion statues, however, at Inari shrines, fox statues replace the lion statues. This is because it is believed the foxes are the messengers to the god Inari Okami, who is the god of rice, sake, foxes and fertility. The second main characteristic is that somewhere around the shrine, you will find a path of Torii gates lining the pathway. 


  • Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm


Takayama Inari Shrine is located near the west coast of Tsugaru ( a small city west of Aomori City) , and is slightly more difficult to access than Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, making it a viable stop to only those who are dedicated enough to see this hidden gem.

The Easiest way to get to the shrine is board local bus from Goshogawara Station, which will take about 40 minutes to arrive at ‘Takayama Jinjia Iriguchu Mae’ bus stop, and then from there, its a further 3.5km walk, which should take about 40 minutes or so. The final bus leaves the area at 5:45pm so make sure you are back at the station by then. 

Alternatively, the best option is just to rent a car from the city you are staying, and just drive it there, it’s much simpler, but more costly.

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