Atago Shrine is one of those places that you hear about a lot but actually never actually get to. It is positioned in an area that has many more famous attractions and thus seems to get left off most agendas and itineraries.
One this fine sunny day, I decided to take the plunge and check it out. Of course once I got there I was kicking myself, wondering why in the world had I left it too long for a first visit?
Atago Shrine is perched up on a hill with an amazing scenery of the western part of the city with obviously spectacular views of the 2 standout landmarks of the area, namely the Fukuoka Tower and the Fukuoka Dome/ Hilton Seahawk Hotel. In fact, I am sure that there is no where else in the city that offers these panoramic views.
The shrine itself is nothing special and there are many more important and impressive shrines in and around Fukuoka City but I can tell you this there aren't any with better views than this one. I have been told by a few good friends that the sunsets here are sublime as the sun sets in a westerly direction. Haven't had the chance to be here during that time but it's just another to do, and on the list. When I finally do, I will post it here.
Please click here to see the Atago Inari Shrine on a map;
Please click on the photos below to enlarge:
|The gate entrance
|People come for the view
|It's a popular place.
|The Shrine itself is non-descript
|What a view!
|Need an amulet?
Please click on the videos below to see more of the Atago Inari Shrine.