Kamakura's Sasuke Inari Shrine

Honoring the messenger and Fox God

By Steve Morton    - 1 min read

Legend has it that Minamoto Yoritomo, the first Shogun of Kamakura was visited in a dream by an Inari, (a white fox) who advised him when to attack his enemies, thus ensuring a victory. Out of gratitude, Sasuke Inari Shrine was built in the 12th century to honor this messenger.

When visiting this interesting shrine it is clear that this sense of gratitude hasn`t been forgotten even after 800 years where you`ll be surrounded by countless foxes of all shapes and sizes. Set within a dense forest canopy, this interesting shrine has a rather surreal and at times, slightly eerie atmosphere.

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