The Yūtoku Inari Shrine in Kashima City, Saga Prefecture, is the third largest Inari shrine in Japan. Strikingly majestic, it looks like something you would more commonly find in Kyoto or Nara. Perhaps this is not surprising considering that a princess from Kyoto, Manko Hime, had the shrine built in 1688 to honor Inari, the god of prosperity (as well as rice, tea, and sake). This is truly worth the trip if you are living in or spending any time in Saga Prefecture. There's a lot to take in, so reserve at least an entire day for your trip.
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I currently reside in Saga Prefecture. Before landing here in 2013, I'd been traveling to Japan since 2004 for both vacation as well as family visits. Since then, I've been fortunate to travel about and see much of this remarkable coutry. Although my interests are quite eclectic, I've always had a distinct fascination with old Japan. I suppose this began as a young boy brought up on a steady diet of samurai and ninja films. However, many years later, that interest deepened, surpassing romanticized curiosity. I have sufficient knowledge of Japanese history and culture and make it a point to visit various castles, temples, and other interesting placeswhenever I travel. It is my objective to be able to share some of that experience with you in hopes of inspiring you to visit a particular place or at least provide you with some peripheral knowledge about places you've already been. Safe travels and always remember: "The map is not the territory" - Alfred Korzybski