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気多大社 Keta Taisha Shrine

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Ku1-1, Jikemachi, Hakui-shi, Ishikawa 925-0003, Japan
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Date of post:2015/07/24

A powerful shrine on the Noto Peninsula

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Keta Taisha is a shrine which has more than 2000 years of history. A God, Ookuninushi-no-Mikoto is enshrined in Keta Taisha shrine. Keta means "a lot of spirits" in Japanese. And, Keta Taisha is famous gathering a lot of good spirits on the Noto peninsula.
Although I have visited many shrines in Japan, I feel something unclear and mysterious from the look and atmosphere of this shrine. And, it is something primitive rather than sophisticated.

There is a description about Keta Taisha in the oldest anthology of poems, Manyoushuu in the 8th century. And, Toshiie MAEDA and Matsu visited and prayed in this shrine. Toshiie MAEDA is the first feudal lord of the Kaga domain and Matsu is his wife. They are very important historical figures in this region.

Some buildings including the main shrine and one of the gates are registered as Important Cultural Assets and, the forest near Keta Taisha, "Irazu no Mori" is registered as an Important Natural Treasure. Although it is not permitted to enter the forest, it is known for being a power spot.
At the beginning of every month, an event for marriage takes place. The event is very popular among young women. And, many couples also visit it to make sure they have found a good match. And also, there is a bridge for passing an exam. So, although this shrine is very old, it is popular among young people.

There are two very important events. One is "Oide festival" in March. People wait for people wearing traditional costumes with a horse along a street.
The other event is "U festival" in October. It is registered as an Important Intangible Folk Culture Asset in Japan.

It is a little difficult to reach Keta Taisha by public transport. There is a city bus from Hakui station to Ichinomiya near Keta Taisha. But, it usually only comes once in an hour except in the evening.
Another famous sightseeing spot is "Chirihama Nagisa driveway". It is about twenty minutes on foot from Hakui station. It is the only place where you can drive on a sandy beach on the sea of Japan.
It is also a good idea to rent a car, bicycle or use a package tour to travel around the Noto peninsula.

Date of post:2015/07/08

Find God in a powerful sacred space

  • Temple / Shrine

Keta Taisha is one of the most prestigious Shinto shrines in Japan with a history of over 2000 years.

Known as the first shrine of Noto, 5 buildings of the shrine are designated as National Important Cultural Properties : the main shrine, a hall of worship, the Shrine Gate, the main building of Shirayama Shrine (an auxiliary shrine) and the main building of Wakamiya Shrine (an auxiliary shrine). Also, the forest around the shrine, commonly called "Irazu no Mori" is designated as a natural monument and a kind of cherry blossoms is designated as a natural monument of the Ishikawa prefecture.

Its enshrined deity is Okuninushi who is worshiped as the God of matchmaking and the shrine is very popular with young women.Various votive horse tablets and charms for good matchesare sold at the shrine.

Various ceremonies are held throughout the year, among them, lots of women in and out of Ishikawa prefecture go to "Tsuitachi Musubi" that is held on the first day of every month.
If you'd like to participate in the ceremony, you must arrive at the shrine before 8:30. Only the first 100 applicants are able to participate in the monthly festival and you'll have your fortune told for free after the festival.

There are many sights to see in Keta Taisha and you can enjoy it any season.

Address: KU-1 Jike-machi, Hakui 925-0003
Tel: +81 (0)767 22 0602

Opening hours
8:30 - 16:30 (20 July - 31 August 8:30 - 18:00)

Free entry

Getting there
By train
- Limited express train: About 30 min from Kanazawa station to Hakui station. The fare is ¥1670.
- Local train: About 60 min from Kanazawa station to Hakui station. The fare is ¥820.

By bus
- Route bus: About 10 min from Hakui station. Get off at "Ichi-no-miya" and walk for 5 min. The fare is ¥250.
- Monzen express bus: About 70 min from the Kenroku-en exit bus terminal at Kanazawa station. Get off at "Ichi-no-miya" and walk for 5 min. The fare is ¥1130.

By taxi
About 15 min from Hakui station.

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