This is one of the three great Japanese shrines dedicated to the Emperor-divinity Hachiman, and a place where Japanese have ... More
This is one of the three great Japanese shrines dedicated to the Emperor-divinity Hachiman, and a place where Japanese have come to pray for success ever since the shrine's dedication in 921. A number of important cultural treasures are housed within the shrine's precincts. Keep a special eye out for the plaque hanging above the Tower Gate--it is supposed to have been written by the emperor Kameyama at the time of the Mongol invasions. Its inscription--"May the enemy nations prostrate themselves [in defeat]"--was a petition to Hachiman for protection from the invaders.
Good shrine to visit if you're interested in Japanese mythology and Shintoism. One of only 3 shrine dedicated to Hachiman in all of Japan. Some great old Samurai wood paintings stored up in the rafters of a kind of sun deck pavillion.
Nagamasu Kuroda, the first feudal lord of Chikuzen after the reunification of the country under Toyotomi Hideyoshi, was given permission
to build this castle after the defeat of the Kyushu Daimyo. Completed in 1601, it was named Fukuoka after ...
In the ancient Chinese chronicles of Wa, which contain the oldest records of ancient Japan, there is mention of a
kingdom called Ito. In Kojiki (the Records of Ancient Matters of the Japanese), Japan's oldest chronicles of itself, there ...
Another famed Kyoto landmark, Fushimi Inari is an eccentric and exhilarating sight. Literally thousands of bright orange torii (sacred Shinto
gates) line the hillsides creating spectacular, bright tunnels. Established in AD 711, Fushimi Inari is the headquarters of the ...