Kanai Shrine 金井神社

Established in 1221, this shrine is dedicated to Amaterasu Omikami, the goddess of the sun in Japanese mythology. Despite its slightly remote location, the shrine is very popular for its original "goshuin," large seal stamps with handwritten calligraphy that certify that you have visited a specific shrine.
On the premises, you can also enjoy some instagrammable things such as hana-chozu, a form of floral arrangement made in the water ablution basins, and colorful pinwheels with handwritten wishes from visitors. There is also a subsidiary shrine dedicated to Inari, the deity of agriculture, with a tunnel of red torii gates and stylish lanterns.
〒511-0223 いなべ市員弁町北金井911番地
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Access by public transportation
20-min walk from Sohara Sta. (Sangi Railway Hokusei Line)

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