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When In Fukuoka City for the first time, religious-minded or not, a site not to be missed is Kushida Shinto Shrine/Kushida Shrine/櫛田神社, located in Hakata-ku. Dedicated to the deities Amaterasu and Susanoo, it is said to have been founded in 757. A visit can be enjoyed at all times of the year although the New Year and during the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival in the first two weeks of July are arguably the best periods of the year!

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

The whole visit makes for a truly great photographic experience of a typical Japanese Shinto Shrine, and I can assure you are bound to find some surprises! Just follow me for this first visit and I can guarantee you will wish to come back again and stroll around the place at your own pace.

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

The other lion guard with its maw open also guarding the sake kegs. Sake kegs can be found at Shinto Shrines only and not at Buddhist Temples as sake is considered as the food of gods in Shintoism.

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

The whole ‘shrine’ is actually a group of shrines erected at various times and their lion guards differ according to different buildings.

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

There are always two lions guarding each shrine, one with its maw closed,…

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

The other with its maw open!

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

On New Year visitors are requested to walk through the mouth of a giant Ameterasu Goddess under a torii/sacred bird gate.

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

They are placed at both entrances, but do not worry they won’t eat you!

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

You will also meet fox guards/kitsune, meaning that the shrine is dedicated to Inari, the Goddess of Plenty.

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

Its counterpart is carrying a sacred scroll in its mouth. Both look unusually fierce!

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

Torii/sacred bird gate can be found in stone or red-painted wood, alone or in rows.

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

A whole mixture of torii!

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

A small but highly venerated shrine at the very end of the torii tunnel.

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

Stonetone torii arches.

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

You will discover a whole menagerie as well as this sacred bull!

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

Sacred cranes guarding a natural salty hot spring.

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

A Horse Lord.

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

Belgians will be astounded to find a Japanese version of their Manneken Pis!

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

Keep a sharp eye for the bonsai/miniature trees.

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

You can even buy (for 50 yen) your own fortune-telling slip/o-mikuji, available in five different languages: Japanese, English, Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese!

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

My fortune-telling slip in English! Now, what did it say?

Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka is a perfect example of Shinto-Japanese religious buildings

“Very lucky” Wish you the same!

Access:
Between Hakata JR Station and Nakagawa River, near Gion Station.
Phone: 092-291-2951

    
Name Kushida Shrine
Category Shrine
Address 1-41 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata ku, Fukuoka city
Access [map]1-41 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata ku, Fukuoka city[/map]
Opening Hours 4:00-22:00
Price Range Free
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Robert-Gilles Martineau

Robert-Gilles Martineau

Robert-Gilles Martineau, a 40-year French resident in Shizuoka and japan has been blogging and writing about his love for Japanese gastronomy and tourism in three languages since 1998. His motto: "There is always a new place to visit and a new food to taste out there!"

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