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Motonosumi Inari Shrine

This stunning cliffside shrine features 123 red torii gates embedded in a long trail stretching from verdant green landscape to azure sea.

One of Japan’s 36 most beautiful places (according to CNN), stroll through the tunnel-like trail of vermilion torii gates to reach Motonosumi Inari Shrine’s entrance. Here, visitors can wish for prosperity in business, bountiful catch of fish, safe travels, and pregnancy.

One unique point at this shrine is the offertory box’s location. Normally, it is a large wooden box at the entrance of the main shrine building, where visitors can toss in a small donation (usually a 5 yen coin) and pray. At Motonosumi Inari Shrine, it requires even more hand-eye coordination, as the box is fixed to the top of the first torii gate and travelers must toss up their coin, basketball-style. If they make it into the box, it is said that their wish will come true.

Just past the shrine gates, toward the sea, is the “Ryugu no Shiofuku” (Dragon Palace Geyser), where the water leaps up the side of the cliff, up to 30 meters, a sight which some say resembles a dragon bounding up to the sky.

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