Motonosumi Shrine | Visit Nagato, Japan

Visit Nagato Yamaguchi Japan

Visit Nagato Yamaguchi Japan

Motonosumi Shrine

Genre : Shrines & Temples

Area : Yuya & Heki

Motonosumi Shrine was selected by CNN Travel as one of the "31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan." The shrine's remarkable location makes for a striking contrast between the red of its gates and the cobalt blue of the waves below.
This shrine was built to honor a white fox spirit, to whom visitors prayed for financial success, success in fishing, and safety on the seas. Nowadays, a wide variety of wishes are fielded by the fox god, including good fortune & wealth, childbearing, marriage, traffic safety, success in school.

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Constructed over a period of ten years beginning in 1987, a tunnel of 123 torii gates wind down the bluff face towards the Sea of Japan.

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An offeratory box is positioned at the top of the tallest torii gate, and it is said that the wishes of those who can successfully toss their coin up into the box will be granted.

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In June 2016, TripAdvisor released a list of its user's "Top 30 Shrines & Temples I'm Glad to Have Visited." Motonosumi Inari shrine appeared at number 11 on this list of shrines and temples from around Japan.

Regarding traffic congestion

We are happy to welcome many visitors to Motonosumi Shrine.
However, because of this, visitors may experience some congested traffic near the shrine.
On weekends in particular, there can occasionally be waits of up to an hour to enter the parking lots in the shrine's vicinity.
Please be careful to include some extra time in your schedule when you visit the shrine.
Visitors coming by car should be advised that parking on the side of the road will only increase congestion, and is strictly prohibited.

Route to Motonosumi Shrine

Please follow the following routes. Be advised that the route to the shrine is one-way only.


498 Yuyatsuo, Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture 759-4712
Access via public bus or train is difficult.
Please access the shrine via rental car or taxi.

By car (from within Nagato):
20 minutes from Nagato-Furuichi Station on the JR San'in Main Line.
40 minutes from Nagato-shi Station on the JR San'in Main Line.

By car (from outside Nagato):
60 minutes by car from the Mine Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway.
*Please type one of the following into your car's GPS navigation system.
 -"Ryugu no shiofuki"In Japanese: 龍宮の潮吹(りゅうぐうのしおふき)
 -Shiofuki (seafood restaurant) Tel: 0837-32-2003
Open Hours
From sunrise to sunset *Nighttime entry is not permitted.
Nagato Tourism Convention Association