Ikuta Shrine , Kobe

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  • Address: 1 Chome-2-1 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0011, Japan
  • Timings: 07:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-783213851
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Entertainment, Family And Kids, Festival
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About Ikuta Shrine , Kobe

This is one of the oldest and most historically significant shrines in the country. It was built in the 3rd Century AD in worship of the deity (kami) Wakahirume, and is one of the three major shrines established during that period. The shrine is seen as a spiritual center for life and health and it is popular among local athletes who come to pray here before events. During New Year's, revelers throng around the shrine. It is also popular among couples who come to pray for good fortune in their romances.

The shrine was also the location of a significant historical skirmish known as the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani, though the exact location of the fighting is ambiguous. The Noh plays Ebira and Ikuta Atsumori are performed during the Ikuta's Autumn Festival, and tell the tales related to that skirmish.

Check out the nearby koi carp pond.

Ikuta Shrine Information

  • Make sure to check out them many kinds of charms sold at the shrine and get one for yourself.

Ikuta Shrine Opening and Closing Hours

  • The shrine doesn't have a fixed closing time; instead it closes at Sunset everyday.

How To reach Ikuta Shrine by Public Transport

  • JR Sannomiya Station

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Ikuta Shrine , Kobe Reviews

  • I stayed at a hotel near this shrine so found it by accident. I was attracted by the large orange gates at first and saw the beautiful temple and it was a sunny afternoon which made the temple really glow. Now, I honestly don’t know what this shrine represents, I suppose you can google it. But there’s a large painting of a dog with a lot of puppies. I also saw a lot of Japanese couples with their kids all dressed up in traditional clothing. So maybe it’s a temple dedicated to family health. That’s just my interpretation and if I’m wrong I’ll surrender my google local guide badge. If you’re in Kobe for a short time I recommend coming to a temple like Ikuta Jinja (any shrine in Japan as a matter of fact)and just take in the surrounding temple atmosphere. You’ll feel all that you’d expect to experience in wonderful Japan.

  • Such a beautiful place to visit. I happened upon a Japanese baptism ceremony, which was lucky because it was over very quickly. The rest of the area is extremely peaceful and awe inspiring. It's one of those places you can just sit and relax in, and not feel rushed by the rest of life. Highly recommended for everyone!

  • I had a deep spiritual experience here. I will return again and again. Will never forget it. My 5-yen coins are waiting.

  • A shrine with a row of torii (gates) and a beautiful garden/forest

  • Admission fee not required. One of the oldest shrine in Japan. Recommended to go on 15th July.

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