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生田神社 Ikuta Shrine

  • Buildings (Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals)
  • Around Kobe
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  • ClosedOpen Every Day

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District
Around Kobe
Address
1-2-1 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo-ku Kobe-shi, Hyogo 650-0011, Japan
Category
  • Buildings (Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals)
Opening Hours
7:00-about sunset
Closed
Open Every Day
Website
http://www.ikutajinja.or.jp/language/english.html
Tel.
+81-78-321-3851
Date of post:2015/06/18

Quiet and historical shrine in a busy area

  • Temple / Shrine

You can arrive this antique shrine after around 10 minutes walking from Sannomiya station, the biggest terminal station in Kobe.

This historical and well-respected shrine was founded in 201, even appears in the ‘Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan)’, the second oldest book of classical Japanese history. The origin of the word, "Kobe" appears in the book too. Because "Kobe" also means the name of the house which guards the God of lkuta.

This shrine explores sake brewing in unnecessary depth. According to the ’Engishiki (set of ancient Japanese govern mental regulations)’ when visitors from the Korean peninsula arrived in Japan, as state guests they were offered rice wine. Rice was caused to be brought from each region and within the precincts of the lkuta Shrine; the head priest brewed the rice wine, presenting it to the nobles from Korea. This is also said to be the origins of the Nada sake brand.

lkuta Shrine has come through disasters from a battle in the Genpei war of 1184 that its forest and main hall were the site. It has risen from the ashes, leading people to venerate it as the god of resurrection even after the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.

At present, the forest thrives along with the great camphor tree in the middle of the city, providing an oasis for the residents. It is also known as a shrine of love, business, health, and fortune.

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