Off the Beaten Path in Nagasaki
Nagasaki has a lot of shrines and temples, and most tourists only get to see the big ones.  That’s a shame, because there are some really fun little shrines that you might not read about in your guidebook.  One of these out-of-the-way goodies is Wakamiya Inari Shrine.  The way up to Wakamiya Inari is framed by almost a hundred red-orange torii, the arches that lead to Shinto shrines.  It’s a steep climb, but the view is worth it. The shrine puts on several ceremonies through the year, including the takengei, in which people in white fox costumes climb up 30-foot bamboo poles and do some acrobatic moves.  If you’re in Nagasaki in December, it’s something fun to do... of the beaten path. BTW, if your browser shows these, here’s the shrine’s name in Kanji: 若宮稲荷神社
Wakamiya Inari Shrine  Google Map  You Tube Video  Tram Stop: Shindaiku Machi (or you can walk down the river)  Directions: Follow the directions to Kameyama Shachu, but when you see the torii (arches, pictured above), follow those up to the shrine.
Copyright 2013, Guy Healy, Japan
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