Sep 9, 2012

津和野散策・太鼓谷稲荷神社  Walking in Tsuwano and Taikodani Inari Jinja


We drove from Nichihara to Tsuwano.
On the way, we found a lovely place and stopped our car.


Red-roofed houses at the foot of the mountain, green rice field, and natural meadow ......looked like a scene from old stories!


Soon, we were at Tsuwano.  Known as a little Kyoto in San-in, it has many old buildings along its main street, Tonomachi. 


This was the gate to the chief Samurai O-oka's residence. 


But inside it was their local government office.


In the channel along Tonomachi street, colorful koi fish were swimming.   
Tourists were feeding them well, and the fish were very fat.



There were many nice shops along the street and I enjoyed a little shopping there.


This is a shop with a long history of  300 years. 
In old days, "Bundo-ya" used to deal in candles and fragrant hair oil.


Now they have Japanese incense, candles, and  paper.

素敵でしょ。nice warm atmosphere

A lady at the store was very kind and we enjoyed a little chat with her.
I bought these Pochi bukuro and Kaishi.
Pochi bukuro is a small envelope you put otoshidama (New Year's gift money).
Kaishi is the paper used at tea ceremonies.  But it can be used in many other ways, too.  I'm going to keep it in my bag and use it as a paper napkin, a memo pad, etc.  I might also make  Pochi bukuro by folding it.


We also bought a bottle of Sake and a pair of mugs.
It was fun!



Then we headed for Taikodani Inari Jinja.
It is one of the five biggest Inari Shrine in Japan.

The feudal lord Kamei Norisada built this shrine in 1773, enshrining a share of the spirit from Fushimi Inari Jinja in Kyoto.
This is the only Inari that writes 「稲成」 instead of 「稲荷」, and it's because they wish for 願望就 (wish fulfillment.)


Like Fushimi Inari Jinja, you go through a lot of red torii.


But it wasn't that hard.
Soon we reached the top.


I liked this red and green contrast.


This is the main shrine.
It has a big Shimenawa (sacred straw festoon)

These foxes were guarding the main shrine.


This little shrine was packed with many fox statues.


From there, I enjoyed the view of the Tsuwano Town.
It was quite lovely.

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Rurousha said...



Thank you!

It's one of the five biggest Inari shrines? What are the other biggies? Fushimi, Takekoma, Kasama, Yūtoku? I don't know whether Toyokawa should be included, because it's Inari worship, but it's a temple, not a shrine.

I need a sensei's input!

PS: Wow. Massive shimenawa!

Merry Witch said...

I was hoping I could take a lot more kitsune pictures, but it seemed they were under some reconstruction and I didn't see many.(-_-;)

You are right about the five biggest Inari shrines. They are Fusjimi, Takekoma, Kasama, Yutoku and Taikodani. But the other shrines claim differently.

1)Hanazura, Fushimi,Toyokawa, Kasama, Yutoku
2)Takahashi, Fushimi, Yutoku, Toyokawa, Mogami

So, I don't know. Taikodani didn't seem that big. Without a doubt Fushimi is the best.

Rurousha said...

Thanks for confirming the five biggies! ^^

I've read that Ōji Inari Jinja is the most important Inari shrine in Kanto, but I was very disappointed when I visited it.

I want to return to Fushimi (for the fourth time!) and I'm really curious about Toyokawa. One day ...

PS: No worries. You had enough foxes to make this fox fan very happy. :)

Merry Witch said...

I liked Oji Inari. But it was the weekend I visited there. I could climb up the steps and it was deserted. I was alone, It was quiet. I find these things matter very much.

At Taikodani, I think I didn't have much such luck.

Fushimi for the fourth time? I lost my very best handkerchief there. I think fox liked it and took it. If you go, please tell them to return it to Merry Witch, will you?