Ikuta Shrine [Hyogo]

【Ikuta Shrine Summary】

Ikuta Shrine was founded in 201 AD. The main deity is Hikahirume no Mikoto. This deity first appeared out of divine divination when a boat stopped moving in the port of Kobe. Originally a god of waterway safety, marriage, and childbirth, the deity has come to be revered as a “god of revival” after the Kobe floods, air raids, and reconstruction following the Great Hanshin Earthquake. The shrine became famous after the wedding of celebrities Kika Fujiwara and Tomonori Jinnai.

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【Ikuta Shrine premises】

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IIn the precincts of the shrine, we could see torii gates and stones that collapsed during the Ansei Earthquake, as well as sacred trees that were burnt during the Kobe Air Raid. There is a legend that Ikuta Shrine was once enshrined on Mt. Nunobiki, and that the sacred body was moved to this Ikuta Forest in 799 A.D. In any case, there is no doubt that this deity has been handed down from the ancient Jomon beliefs.

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The shrine is home to many ancient gods and goddesses, including Inari, the god Ugajin, Benzaiten, said to be the same god as Seoritsuhime, and Ebisu, the first child of Ijo no Miho and Ijo no Jue no Miho. The shrine is also home to historical sites such as the “Ichinotani Battle,” one of the largest battles in the Genpei War, and the “Battle of the Minatogawa River” between Ashikaga Takauji and Kusunoki Masanari.

【Ikuta Shrine Access】

Manager’s comment.

Ikuta no Mori is small but has a solemn atmosphere, and it was a quiet space that one would not expect to find in a downtown area right next to it. If you come to Kobe, you should drop by at least once. The vermilion color of the shrine was gorgeous and wonderful.

my opinion

Ikuta Shrine

2-1, Shimoyamate-dori 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0011, Japan

Free parking for visitors.

10 minutes on foot to the north from JR Sannomiya Station or Sannomiya Station (private railway lines)
20 minutes on foot to the south from JR Shin-Kobe Station (Shinkansen)

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