Kirishima-Jingu (Kirishima shrine)
One of the largest shrines in southern Kyushu founded in the 6th century.
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.
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.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 2608-5 Kirishima-taguchi, Kirishima city, Kagoshima
- Business Hours
- Open for worship all day
- Open every day
- About 15 minutes by bus from JR Nippo Main Line’s Kirishima-Jingu Station
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)