Photo By: Cara Lam
Region
Kyushu
Island
Kyushu
Largest City
Fukuoka
Population
5,015,666

Ukiha Inari Shrine

Retreat from the urban hustle and bustle of Fukuoka City by taking a trip to the “Kingdom of Fruits,” where you’ll find an inari shrine (Shinto shrine dedicated to the god Inari) with nearly one hundred torii gates standing solemnly on a mountain.

About an hour away from the central area of Hakata lies the peaceful town of Ukiha in southeastern Fukuoka. A fruit lovers dream, Ukiha produces tons of varieties of grapes, peaches, persimmon, and it’s an instant hit for those looking to do some strawberry picking (in the winter months). But while here, it’s hard not to gaze at a long red snake winding along the Mino Mountain range.

Photo by: Cara Lam Nearly 100 torii gats lead you to the shrine.

But instead of a snake, you’re catching a glimpse of 90 bright-red torii gates lining the approach to Ukiha Inari Shrine, located 130 meters above ground. As you ascend the 300 steps to the shrine, which is dedicated to the gods of prosperous businesses, abundant crops, brewing, longevity and scholarship, you’ll feel the good luck sinking in. (Alternatively, you can drive and park near the shrine, if the walk seems a bit much.)

Stunning view

Once you get there, remember to turn around and get your reward — a stunning panoramic view of the Chikugo mountainous terrain and the town, with plenty of rice paddies sitting between houses. If the sky is clear, you can even spot Harazuru Hot Springs, which are located in Amagi city.

The long chain of red torii gates at Ukiha Inari Shrine will probably remind many of the famous Fushimi-Inari Shrine in Kyoto, but the former gives off a much more modest, serene atmosphere with little-to-no tourist traffic. If you happen to be there in spring, know that Ukiha Inari is a locals’ favorite spot to see cherry blossoms.

In the area

Photo by: gtknj Tsuzura Rice Terrace.

Ukiha City is most famous for its fruits and at Yamandon fruit farm, you can pick fruits all year-round: strawberries from January to May, grapes from August to September, pears from August to November, and persimmons from November to December.

Head over to Yoshii town along Bungo Kaido Road to capture nostalgic views of old white-walled houses built by wealthy merchants during Edo Period. These houses are now antique and souvenir shops. Also not to be missed is a stop by the Tsuzura Rice Terrace (Map), a graceful and scenic collection of rice paddies.

Enjoy your time to the fullest in this tiny town filled with wonder while in Kyushu.

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Things To Know

Hours and fees

Open access all year-round. No need to pay any entrance fee in order to visit.

How To Get There

Address

1513-9 Ukihamachi Nagarekawa, Ukiha-shi, Fukuoka-ken 839-1411, Japan

By train

It is a 25-minute walk from JR Ukiha station.

By bus

Take the Nishitetsu bus #20 to from Nishitetsu-Kurume bus stop to Takeshige bus stop and then walk about 2-3 minutes to the shrine. Alternatively, here is a sample route from Fukuoka Airport Terminal station.

By car

Exit Kyushu Expressway at Asakura Interchange and continue driving for another 20 minutes. There are a few parking spots at the bottom of the torii gates, and another few on top of the torii gates, right next to the shrine.  

Where To Stay

Harazuru Grand Sky Hotel
  • Hakikugumiya 1820-1 Asakura-Shi, Fukuoka 838-1514
  • 7.3/10
  • 3.2 km
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Roppokan
  • Hakikugumiya 1840 Asakura-Shi, Fukuoka 838-1514
  • 8.6/10
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  • 3.3 km
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Yagurumaso
  • Hakikugumiya 1890-1 Asakura-Shi, Fukuoka 838-1514
  • 8.5/10
  • 3.3 km
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