Amazing shrines across Japan.

Hi. I often visit shrines when traveling domestically. I like to see the difference of atmosphere and structure by shrines. I used to collect a stamp of shrines and temples, that is called Goshuin. Goshuin is information that you visited there. It has date and shrines or temples names in it. Anyway, today I'll introduce my favorite amazing shrines to you. If you get a stamp of them, just leave a comment! I'm looking forward to seeing it.

1. Yutoku inari shrine in Saga prefecture.

This is one of the three best inari shrines in Japan. "Inari shrine" is shrines for farmer. The kanji for "Inari" is 稲成 and the first one "稲" means rice. So it is said there are gods of farm in Inari shrines. The most amazing thing of Yutoku inari shrine is that honden building is on high above the ground. Usually honden building where you pray to gods is on the ground. You need to go up long stairs to the honden building of Yutoku inari shrine. When you pray at the honden building, first bow twice, clap twice and pray something, then bow once. The great structure makes it look like a palace rather than shrine. Carvings in the honden building is also amazing. Don't miss them.

2. Motonosumi shrine in Yamaguchi prefecture.

Can you believe the shrine stands on the cliff? What's more, there's a tunnel of torii there! Looking down the tunnel is so great. Red torii, blue sea and green plants are the best. Typical shrines have a box to offer money when you pray in the honden building, but here it's on the torii. It's said to be the most difficult box to put money in. As it is, it's actually really difficult to throw money in. People who made it will be given luck from gods here. Let's try! 

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日本国内を旅行するときはよく神社を訪れます。神社によって雰囲気、作りが異なるので見ていて楽しいです。前は御朱印を集めていたけど、今はもう集めなくなったなぁ。ということで今回は、ちょっと変わった神社をご紹介します。もしこの神社の御朱印を頂いた方がいたらぜひコメントで教えて下さい!

1.祐徳稲荷神社 in 佐賀県

日本三大稲荷神社の一つが、佐賀県にある祐徳稲荷神社です。写真は本殿ですが、普通の神社と違って高い位置にあるんです。本殿の両脇にある階段を使って、本殿まで上ります。上りと下りで階段が分かれているので注意しましょう。本殿での参拝方法は「2礼、2拍手、1礼」です。このような構造ゆえ、神社というよりは王宮のように見えますね。本殿の彫刻も素晴らしいので見てみてください。

2.元乃隅神社 in 山口県

日本海に面した崖に作られた神社です。ずらっと並んだ鳥居のトンネルは京都の伏見稲荷大社を想像するかもしれませんが、こちらも負けていません。上から見下ろした時の景色が絶景です。赤い鳥居と青い海と草木の緑が映えますね。ここの神社のお賽銭箱は、鳥居についているんです!お賽銭を投げて入れることが出来たら願い事が叶うと言われています。結構難しいですよ~!ぜひチャレンジしてみてくださいね。

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