Kirishima-Jingu (Kirishima shrine)

One of the largest shrines in southern Kyushu founded in the 6th century.

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Kirishima-Jingu is a shrine that represents southern Kyushu. Founded in the 6th century, it boasts a deep and ancient history.
Kirishima-Jingu was transferred to its present location over 500 years ago, after repeatedly burning down and being rebuilt due to Mt. Kirishima’s eruptions.
This shrine worships Ninigi-no-Mikoto of Japan’s founding myth.

Must-see points of Kirishima-Jingu are its Goshinboku (Sacred Tree), an 800-year-old Japanese cedar tree said to be the ancestor of all cedar trees in Kyushu, and the Sazare-Ishi, which is mentioned in the Japanese national anthem (the Sazare-Ishi is a rock that is said to have once been many pebbles that fused together over time).

Every year on January 1st, February 11th, and November 10th, the shrine hosts performances using the Kirishima Kyumen Taiko drums.
Visitors can also enjoy cherry blossoms in the spring and beautiful autumn foliage in the fall.

Highlights

  • Home of the famous “sazare-ishi” mentioned in Japan’s national anthem.
  • The shrine hall, decked in bright vermillion, is designated as a National Important Cultural Property
  • There are many legendary spots, including the turtle rock and “wind tunnel” rock where winds blow through.
  • On a clear day, a look from the observatory will bring views of Kagoshima Bay, the Kagoshima cityscape, and views out towards Mr. Kaimon.
  • This shrine is especially popular among those seeking romance as it was the shrine that samurai Ryoma Sakamoto visited on this honeymoon.

Photos

  • Kirishima-jingu Main Hall.

    Kirishima-jingu Main Hall.

  • Kagura-den

    Kagura-den

  • Sazare-Ishi

    Sazare-Ishi

  • The sacred tree

    The sacred tree

  • 3rd torii

    3rd torii

  • Turtle Rock Hill (former sando main promenade)

    Turtle Rock Hill (former sando main promenade)

Reviews

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  • Neko Love

    莊嚴寧靜的神社,楓紅的季節更加分。

  • 楊子華

    巴士班次太少,交通很不方便!

  • 鄭永傑

    很漂亮的地方,有巨大的神木環境相當棒

  • 蕙珊

    古木參天地方又大,滿滿的濃霧籠罩著,猶如仙境般美麗,值得參觀!

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Details

Name in Japanese
霧島神宮
Postal Code
899-4201
Address
2608-5 Kirishima-taguchi, Kirishima city, Kagoshima
Tel
0995-57-0001
Business Hours
Open for worship all day
Closed
Open every day
Admission
Free
Access
About 15 minutes by bus from JR Nippo Main Line’s Kirishima-Jingu Station
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)