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

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

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

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

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 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, and the Kirishima Iwasaki Hotel around 35 minutes for 570 yen.

Facility Name
Kirishima Shrine
Address
Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Kirishimataguchi 2608-5
Phone
0995570001
Hours
8:00-17:30
Closed
open everyday
Fees
Precincts freedom
Parking Lot
Available 500 spaces
Introduction
A Shinto shrine dedicated to Ninigi, a god who is part of the myth of the founding of Japan. The current main shrine building was erected in 1715, although the shrine is believed to have been founded around the sixth century on Setoo Hill between Mt. Takachihonomine and Mt. Hinotokomine. Buildings such as the main shrine and worship hall are designated Important Cultural Properties. The shrine is also famous for having been visited by Sakamoto Ryoma on his honeymoon. The grounds are renowned spot for viewing the cherry blossoms and autumn foliage. A 10-minute bus ride from Kirishima-Jingu Station on the JR Nippo Main Line.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Kirishimajingu
Address
Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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