Kasama Inari Shrine (Kasama City)
First established in 651, Kasama Inari Shrine is one of the most famous Inari shrines in Japan and attracts around 3.5 million pilgrims and visitors every year. The shrine enshrines Ukanomitama-no-mikoto, known to answer prayers for success in business and protection from fires. The shrine grounds are particularly beautiful in the late Spring when the wisteria flowers are in bloom and during the chrysanthemum festival in the Autumn.
The streets leading up to the shrine are filled with a range of shops to explore, from traditional soba restaurants to fashionable cafes and renovated sake breweries. Specialities of the area include ‘Kasama Inari Sushi’, rice with walnuts and other seasonal products wrapped in deep-fried tofu and roasted chestnuts. Kasama City is known for its pottery and there are also plenty of galleries in the area, perfect for picking up a souvenir before you head home.
1 Kasama, Kasama City
By public transport: around 5 minutes by bus or 20 minutes' walk from Kasama Station on the JR Mito Line.
By car: around 10 minutes from Tomobe IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway.
HOURS06:00 - sunset