Kinkō Inari Shrine

Hiroshima’s answer to Kyoto’s Fushimi-inari Shrine, on the side of Mt Futaba-yama just north of Hiroshima shinkansen station.

Kinkō Inari Shrine is under the administration of Tōshōgū shrine, located just below it, and for the past 250 years has been a place where people have worshipped Inari, the god of prosperity.

The main shrine building is up a short flight of steps which pass under a set of red torii gates and regular Shinto ceremonies are conducted here on the 1st and 15th of every month.

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The path up to the Inner Shrine (Oku-no-in) takes you through a tunnel of vermillion torii gates (local information sources say 100, but I only counted 75) – it’s not quite Fushimi Inari Shrine, but it is very pretty and there are no crowds.

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Stone steps, getting more uneven as they wind up past several smaller shrines. Nearing the top of the mountain there is a small set of stone steps up to the left – look for the old stone posts now serving as steps embedded in the ground before leaving the main path – this takes you up to the Inner Shrine or Oku-no-in. The path going up from here (at the back of the Oku-no-in) climbs steeply through rocks past more small shrines tucked in the mountainside and takes you to a ridge with the remains of some World War II gun batteries.

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The path from Kinkō Inari Shrine is part of the Peace Pagoda Hike from Hiroshima Station to the Peace Pagoda at the summit of Mt. Futaba-yama.



Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of and loves running in the mountains.