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Kirishima Shrine

Kirishima Shrine
  • Boasting a long and arduous history, Kirishima Shrine dates back to the 6th century during the Muromachi Period. The Shrine has worn the test of time as formerly the building was located at the foot of the sacred mountain Takachiho-no-mine. But after the Shinto Shrine was destroyed multiple times by violent volcanic eruptions it was relocated to its current position to preserve the Shrine. The existing shrine buildings are reconstructions made in 1715, with the most recent renovations being the fire engine red gates erected in 1988. The gates are now impressively standing as to the largest in western Japan and stand proud and welcoming to guests from near and far.

    Kirishima Shrine

    Kirishima Shrine

    The bright red gates vividly contrast with the lush tree-covered hills which surround it. This splendor creates an iconic balance of the pillars of vibrant red against the ancient greens. Kirishima Shrine stands on land referred to as “The Nikko of the West,” and built in commemoration to the gorgeous architectural style of Nikko Toshogu in Tochigi.

    Kirishima Shrine

    Kirishima Shrine

    Another claim to fame is the cedar trees which are sacred in Japan, with one tree, in particular, having lived for over 800 years. It is now said to have mystical powers and thought to be the ancestor of Japanese cedars across southern Kyushu. Travelers can visit the tree to pray and take in the beauty of this ancient wonder. You can also buy a small Kumen Omamori trinket from the Miko-san (Shrine Priestess) to help you remember your trip.

    Kirishima Shrine

    Kirishima Shrine

    The Kirishima Shrine is also considered to be important in Japanese mythology. Ninigi no Mikoto, the grandson of the creation goddess Amaterasu, governed the area giving the region mystical properties. Here the deity came down from the heavens to marry the local princess and thus began the line of Japanese emperors that is said to continue to this day. Ninigi no Mikoto did not arrive empty-handed, bringing with him the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan: a sword, a mirror, and a gem; all symbols of the imperial family. The Shrine is honors princess Konohanasakuya-hime.

    Kirishima Shrine

    Kirishima Shrine

    Festivals are held at Kirishima Shrine every year for New Year's Day festivities, as well as on February 11, when nine traditional Japanese "taiko" drums are played alongside a performance of a traditional dance - the Kagura Dance (meaning god entertainment). On New Year’s a traditional dance is performed at midnight and then again at 2 am in celebration of the nine descendants of the sun goddess.

    Kirishima Shrine

    Kirishima Shrine

    Kirishima Shrine is easily accessible to travelers with bus services available from JR Kirishima Jingu Station, located about five kilometers away. Buses operate every one to two hours, taking around 15 minutes to reach the shrine. The fair is 250 Yen, with the route continuing to Maruo Onsen, which is 30 minutes away for 480 yen.

    Kirishima Shrine
    Address
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Kirishimataguchi 2608-5
    Phone
    0995570001
    Kirishimajingu
    Address
    Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
    Phone
    Maruo Hot Spring
    Address
    Kagoshima Kirishima-shi Makizonochotakachiho3930
    Phone
    0995782621
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