Kasama Inari Shrine (笠間稲荷神社) is one of the three largest Inari Okami shrines in Japan, having been awarded the ancient court rank of Senior First Grade. According to legends associated with the shrine, it was founded in 651 during the reign of Emperor Kotoku, indicating a history extending over some thirteen centuries. [Wikipedia]
20 minute walk from JR Kasama Station (Mito Line)
15 minute drive from the Kitakanto Expressway (when exiting at Kasama West IC or Tomobe IC)
Kasama is home to one of Japan's three most important Inari fox shrines at Kasama Inari Shrine. The small city in northern Ibaraki also hosts its own neputa festival every August. Neputa is a traditional Japanese festival celebrating the spirit of foxes.
The Kasama Azalea Festival is an annual event held in Ibaraki Prefecture, and it dates back to the late 1960s. The residents of the city were determined to plant as many azalea bushes as there were residents – an inspired effort – and there are around 8500 of them to enjoy.