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Akama Shrine

A beautiful shrine with stunning vermilion-colored Suitenmon gate that enshrines the tragic young emperor.

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This shrine is notable for its vivid vermilion Suitenmon gate, inspired by the mythical Dragon Palace. It enshrines Emperor Antoku, who tragically perished by drowning at the age of eight following defeat in the Battle of Dan-no-ura. Additionally, the site's predecessor, Amidaji Temple, is famous as the setting for the eerie ghost story Mimi-nashi-Hoichi (Hoichi-the-Earless).

Set perched by the sea, this shrine is known for protecting against water-related accidents and prospering businesses associated with water. Step onto the shrine grounds today to find the Treasure Hall, which displays valuable artifacts including three Important Cultural Properties, as well as the mausoleum of Emperor Antoku, the graves of the Heike clan, and the Hoichi Hall, which houses a statue of Hoichi playing the biwa.

For an added perk, swing by each year from May 2nd to 4th to see the Sentei Festival, held to commemorate Emperor Antoku with the famous "Joro-sanpai" procession taking place on the 3rd. This tradition stems from surviving court ladies visiting the shrine in formal attire, with five lavishly dressed Tayu parading across a red bridge constructed within the shrine grounds.

Highlights

  • Shrine dedicated to Emperor Antoku, who drowned after the Battle of Dan-no-ura.
  • Famed setting for the ghost story "Miminashi Hoichi."
  • The Treasure Hall displays valuable documents, including three Important Cultural Properties.

Photos

  • The brightly colored, Dragon Palace-style Suitenmon is a registered tangible cultural property.

    The brightly colored, Dragon Palace-style Suitenmon is a registered tangible cultural property.

  • The Hoichi Hall with a statue of Hoichi playing the biwa.

    The Hoichi Hall with a statue of Hoichi playing the biwa.

  • The glamorous procession of Tayu in the Joro-sanpai.

    The glamorous procession of Tayu in the Joro-sanpai.

Official FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions have been vetted and answered directly by each listing.

Q

Do you have pamphlets in other languages? (If so, please also inform us of the supported languages)

A

Sorry, we don’t.

Q

Do you have shrine’s red ink stamps?

A

Yes. 500yen.

Q

Is parking available?

A

Free parking is available. (Accommodates 50 vehicles)

Q

Are coin lockers available?

A

Not available.

Reviews

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  • 張依旻

    赤間神宮不僅是一個歷史悠久的神聖場所,還是一個讓人心靈沉澱的好地方。

Details

Name in Japanese
赤間神宮
Postal Code
750-0003
Address
4-1 Amidaijicho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi
Telephone
083-231-4138
Closed
Open every day
Business Hours
9:00am - 4:30pm
Admission
Treasure House 100yen
Access
A short walk from “AKAMAJINGUMAE” Bus stop.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)
Official Website (English)