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Motonosumi Shrine

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Built in 1955 following a divine message from a white fox.
The Gods will fulfill wishes for business success, success in fishing, safety on the seas, good matchmaking, childbearing, warding off evil and bringing in good fortune, wealth and happiness, traffic safety, and academic achievement. The 123 red torii gates that extend from the “Ryugu no Shiofuki” (dragon palace geyser) are impressive. The shrine was selected by CNN as one of the "31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan."

More Information about Motonosumi Shrine

Street address

498 Yuyatsuo, Nagato City, Yamaguchi



  • About 20 minutes by taxi from Nagato-Furuichi Station on the JR Sanin Main Line


  • Yamaguchi Zekkei Mankisu Bus*
    Yumoto Onsen/Shin-Yamaguchi Station<-->Motonosumi Shrine
    *Operation: October 2022 to February 2023 = Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays
    October to November 2022 = Fridays
    Not in service on: October 8th, October 29th, December 25th to January 2nd

Opening Hours


5:30 - 17:30
※ Nighttime entry is not permitted.


Best season

All year


There is an offering box on the top of the main shrine gate! It is said your wish will come true if you can toss your offering in the box.

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