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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 shrine full of spirits 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. Keta means a lot of sprits in Japan. And, Keta Taisha has been famous for a shrine where a lot of sprits are gathering in the Noto peninsula.
Although I have visited many shrines in Japan, I feel something unclear and mysterious from the appearance 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, Maeda Toshiie and Matsu visited and prayed. Maeda Toshiie is the first feudal lord of Kaga domain. And, Matsu is his wife. Historically, they are very important figures in this region.

Some buildings including the main shrine and Kamimon are registered as important cultural assets in Japan. And, a virgin forest near Keta Taisha, Irazu no Mori is registered as an important natural treasure in Japan. Although entrance into the forest is not permitted, it is also famous for a power spot.

At the beginning of every month, an event for marriage takes place. The event is very popular among young females. And, many couple visit for 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.

And, there are two very important events. One is Oide Matsuri on March. People wait for persons wearing traditional costume with a horse along a street. And, the other event is U Matsuri on October. It is registered as an important intangible folk culture asset in Japan.

If we use public transportation, it is a little difficult to reach Keta Taisha. There is a city bus from Hakui Station to Ichinomiya near Keta Taisha. But, it is usually once an hour except evening.
As another famous sightseeing spots, there is Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. It is about twenty minutes on foot from Hakui Station. It is the only driveway where we can drive on a sandy beach. We can see the “Sea of Japan”. If you have time, please visit there.
It is also a good idea to rent a car, bicycle or use a package tour to travel around the Noto Peninsula.

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Date of post:2015/07/08

Find God in a powerful sacred space that attract visitors

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

Known as the first shrine of Noto, 5 buildings of the shrine such as Honden (main shrine), Haiden (a hall of worship), Shinmon (Shrine Gate), Sessha Shirayama-jinja Honden (the main building of Shirayama Shrine, auxiliary shrine), Sessha Wakamiya-jinja Honden (the main building of Wakamiya Shrine, auxiliary shrine) are designated as National Important Cultural Properties, and also the forest around the shrine, commonly called "Irazu no Mori" is designated as a natural monument and Keta-no-shirokikuzakura (kind of Cherry Blossoms) is designated as a natural monument of Ishikawa prefecture.

Its enshrined deity is Okuninushi who is worshipped as the god of matchmaking and the shrine is very popular with young women. The various ema (votive horse tablets) and charms for good matches is sold at the shrine and you must get any of those (I highly recommend a heart-shaped ema)!

Held various ceremonies 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 the ceremony, you must arrive at the shrine until 8:30. Only the first 100 applicants are able to participate 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 whenever you visit.

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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