Yutoku Inari, northern Kyushu's most beautiful shrine
It is time to finish the story of my day in Saga !
I stopped my article when I was in Takeo Onsen while I was going to take the bus to a mystery location ... I was actually off to the Yutoku Inari shrine, a beautiful place that was the highlight of the day.
|Prédiction omikuji devant le sanctuaire Yûtoku Inari|
Comfortably sitted in the old-fashionned bus, I looked at Saga's rice fields which were spreading out before my eyes. Soon, the few travelers who accompanied me got off and I found myself alone to chat with the driver. He dropped me off while telling me to come back at a certain time for the bus back.
I walked in the shopping street, looking for Hello Kitty regional socks but I couldn't find anything. I still have to find Saga's one to complete Kyushu ! Where can I find them ?
I quickly arrived at the entrance which immediatly captivated me : a large door, a pond filled with carps, wisteria, manicured trees and basically the sanctuary that dominates everything. It was beautiful and I fall in love with it.
|Yutoku Inari entrance|
There was a small path on the right side of the shrine. As I'm always ready to explore every detail of a place I go to, I just walked in for a while before I discovered a hundred red toriis. Each new turn offered a new view: sometimes facing the mountain, sometimes the roofs of buildings.
I stand before a series of steps lined with many small shrines sheltering fox statues. If I doubted again, this is not the case anymore, I's really in a Inari Shrine! I begin to climb with a man at my side and I think neither of us expected it to be so hard! The stones were slippery because of the rain and I slipped several times Somehow and after many grimaces as the climb was arduous, I arrived at the summit to discover a stunning view of the surrounding : I even could distinguish the Ariake sea half hidden in the smog. My eyes was also attracted by the many azaleas blooming on the oppositehill side. I was glad I persevered to reach the top!
|At the top|
|The stunning view|
|Nice river. It must be nice at summer|
It is a place worth visiting, whether as a side trip from a location or on the way to Nagasaki. If I had to advise one place in Saga, this would be it without any hesitation.
Access and useful informations
Yutoku Inari shrine (祐徳稲荷神社)Adress :
1855 Furueda-otsu, Kashima-shi, Saga
200 yens for the garden;
300 yens for the museum.
Access from Fukuoka :
From Hakata station, take the Kamome line and get off at Hizen-Kashima (1 hour for 2580 yens). Then, take the Yutoku bus and get off at Yutoku Inari (15 minutes for 320 yens)
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