5. Taikodani Inari Shrine
Located in Tsuwano, in western Shimane Prefecture, the Taikodani Inari Shrine was built on the peak of Taikodani in 1773. Although it faced kimon (unlucky direction), enshrining deities, like Inari, are said to keep evil spirits away.
The 15-minute walk to the shrine brings visitors through the densely packed 1,000+ gates and 250+ stone steps. Taikodani Inari Shrine is known for many things, including its scenic views and the large sacred straw ropes that hang across the hall entrance.
There are thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari across Japan. From their iconic torii gates to their cute fox statues, you’ll know an Inari Shrine when you see one, whether that’s in person, in movies, or through pictures online.