Hakozaki-gu Shrine

Hakozaki-gu Shrine © Iry

Introduction

Alongside Oita’s "Usajingu" and Kyoto’s Iwashimizu Hachiman, this is one of Japan’s 3 major Hachiman. The deity enshrined here is the Emperor Ojin. It has a long history behind its foundation, and according to records it is believed to have been built in the year 921, and 2 years after that it was moved from Chikuzendaibu Palace.

The entire site is designated as important cultural property and it is scattered with various valuable buildings, including the main hall, hall of worship, tower gate, and Icho no Torii. Various festivals are held here including the Tamatori Festival in which men clad in fundoshi scramble for wooden balls to determine their fortune for the year, and the autumn Hojouya festival where captured fish and wildlife are released into fields, and various other events are held throughout the year are held which are crowded with worshippers.

Strolling around the temples and gardens

The existing main hall and hall of worship were constructed in 1546. These buildings are lacquered in "Kukensha-Nagarezukuri" and have a truly magnificent appearance. The tower gate was constructed in 1594 and has a vast and impressive roof. There is also the stone lantern that tea master Sen no Rikyu used to dedicate a tea party, which has become a power spot, Wakideishi.

In the vicinity are planted some 3500 hydrangeas which bloom in June, and if you come during this time you can enjoy the vivid colors of the flowers. There is also a Japanese garden, the Shin’en Flower Garden which is a dry landscape garden arranged with button flowers and lilies that is open between January 1st and December 10th.

Access

To get to Hakozaki Shrine you can take a train or a bus. By train, take the Hakozaki Line to Hakozaki-Miyamae Station (箱崎宮前駅), and walk 3 minutes, or use the JR Kagoshima Main Line and get off at Hakozaki Station (箱崎駅) and walk 8 minutes. By bus, you can take a Nishitetsu bus to Hakozaki (箱崎) and it’s a 3 minute walk away. You can also take the Hakozaki 1-Chome bus stop (箱崎1丁目) on the JR Kyushu Bus and it’s a 2 minute walk.




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Description: Hakozaki-gu Shrine

Sights Hakozaki-gu Shrine (筥崎宮)
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Address 1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0053, Japan
福岡県福岡市東区箱崎1-22-1
Phone / Fax Phone: 092-641-7431
Website
Duration 1Hour(s)
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Groups Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller


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