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Shinto shrine

There are over eighty thousand Shinto shrines in Japan, and they represent the oldest

architectural style in the country. Shinto is a religion unique to Japan. Respect for land

and nature is its basic premise. Usually there is a mirror in the case inside each Shrine.

This is the symbol of Shrine’s deity. Shinto customs are common in Japanese life. Some

people household altars and pray for good health, success and happiness every day.


The entrance to the Shrine is marked by a huge gate called a Torii. There are usually

made of wood or stone, some painted bright red.

A pair of stone statues called Komainu guard the entrance to Shrine and its building.

They are mythical creature. One’s mouth is usually open while the other’s is closed.



Featured Shrines in Kyushu


Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

The Shrine dedicated to the deity of learning. Many

Japanese visit the Shrine to pass the examination successfully. 

Built on the site of grave of Sugawara Michizane, who is deified

as the Deity of scholarship.


Munakata Shrine, Hetsu-gu

The Shrine has been registered on the World Heritage in 2016.

Hetsu-gu is one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata

Shrine and enshrines Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, one of the three

female deities of Munakata. 


Miyajidake Shrine

The Shimenawa is the biggest in JapanSurprisingly, weight is

3ton, with 2.6m diameter and 11m length. Shimenawa is the thick,

twisted, straw rope. It was believed in ancient days that a Shimenawa 

had the power to keep off evil sprits, so many objects connected with

Shinto Shrines decorated.



Ukiha Inari Shrine

Breath taking scenery harmonizes with the Shrine. Ukiha Inari

Shrine, located at foot of Mino mountain range, 130 m height from

sea level. The 90 vermilion coloured Torii Gates stand on

the 300 steps stairs is introduced you from bottom area to the Shrine

main building.


Yutoku Inari Shrine

One of the most famous Inari shrines in Japan and located in Kashima

city, Saga-prefecture. Dedicated to Inari, the deity whose messengers

are foxes, it is the third largest of its kind in Japan. It was constructed in

1688 as the family shrine of the Nabeshima clan who ruled what would

 become the Saga area during the Edo period. 


Sueyama Shrine

The Shrine is located in Arita Town, Nishimatsuura District. Feature of

the Shrine is Shrine gate made by porcelain, and usually the Shrine gate 

are made of stone or wood. The Shire gate or Torii was built in 1888. It had

been designated Tangible Cultural Properties on April 28, 2000.


Usa Shrine

The head shrine of Hachiman Shrine that is composed 44,000 shrines that

dedicated to the Hachiman Deity. Emperor Ojin, who was deified as

Hachiman-jin  (the tutelary god of warriors), is said to be enshrined in all the

sites dedicated to him; and the first and earliest of these was

at Usa in the early 8th century. The Shrine is was founded in 727.

Aso Shrine

Aso Shrine is popular as a god protecting worshipers from traffic accidents, 

and exorcism, marriage, and learning. Aso shrine one of the oldest and most

prominent shrines in Japan, and was built in 281 before accession of the 1st 

Emperor Jinmu.


Takachiho shrine   

Located just west of the town center, is nestled in a grove of tall cedars.

During the day the shrine’s nondescript, unpainted buildings blend in naturally

with the surrounding trees. In the evening, you can enjoy the Yokagura Dance.


Amano Iwato shrine 

Takachiho is a birth place of Japanese indigenous religion, Shinto. 

Takachiho is the site of one of the best known legends of Japanese mythology.

In the story, Amaterasu, the Shinto sun goddess, became so outraged by her 

brother’s cruel pranks that she hid herself in a cave, refusing to come out and 

depriving the world of her life-giving light.


Udo Shrine

Beautiful and exciting Shine,  located the cave of the cliff side facing the Pacific

Ocean. In legend, a goddess of sea built a hut to give birth to a great god here. 

Then it is said that Empress Suiko (554-628) built the shrine there.


Ryugu Shrine

It is the Urashima Taro legendary shrine peninsula and this shrine is becoming

popular as a power spot of matchmaking and good fortune in love.


Kirishima Shrine   

One of the most beautiful shrine in Kyushu, and is surrounded by forest

The Shrine buildings are constructed in 1715 and designated as Important

Cultural Property of Japan.



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