foxes as messengers and there are several statues dedicated to them. The one with the stick (actually a scroll) in its mouth is papa fox, the one with the ball (or a jewel) is mama fox. There are several depictions of them located throughout the Shrine.
I bought a pair of foxes for myself. Word of advice, make your purchases at the souvenir stand outside the main shrine area. They are 700 yen cheaper than inside.
Besides the foxes, there are a few Bonsai trees.
And a Coy Koi Pond including a few statues within, a cool pair of turtles, and a couple of cranes, one is chowing down on a dragonfly.
check it out.
Further along the route to Fukushima, we made a detour to Matsugabou Dam. A little off the beaten path but worth it, very scenic.
Also a cool place to go and the start to a great road trip.