Eat Kobe beef at Mouriya Honten and stroll over to the shrine
We had lunch a Mouriya Honten and enjoyed our Kobe beef for lunch. It was expensive but Kobe beef is known all over the world. The Ikuta Shrine was just a short walk from Mouriya Honten. We saw a pair...
Ikuta Jinja was the first shrine we visited in our Japan trip, and therefore we find it a very adorable and beautiful shrine in the center of Kobe city. And I will reiterate it is actually a nice shri...
We were fortunate to watch a group doing a traditional dance inside, so beautiful! It was quiet, clean, and it was such a joy to walk around in a soul-searching type of thing. You wouldn't even feel...
On the 1st of January, the Ikuta Shrine New Year's Day Festival is the most popular place in Kobe. The first day is a traditional new year-end visit to Japan. People usually visit the major shrines on the night of December 31. The Ikuta Shrines Chadian Festival was held by the shrine of the shrine to beat the Taiko in the early morning of the New Years Eve, praying for the blessing of the gods.
When we went, the shrine was still in the preparation stage. In the front of the main hall, the "new year painting" of the year of the zodiac has been placed. Booths for the sale of goods during the New Years Day festival are also in place. There is also a courtyard and an Inari Shrine at the back of the main hall of Ikuta Shrine.
Ikuta Shrine is also the name of Kobe's cherry blossoms. You can buy the sakura of the cherry blossoms.
The Kobe Ikuta Shrine is said to have a history of a thousand years, enshrining the goddess of the sun, and seeking a special marriage. Later, a Shenmu in the courtyard germinated again after the fire, so it is also very healthy to seek health here.
It will take about ten minutes to walk from JR Sannomiya Station, and go to the Alien Hall. The shrine itself is not big, there is a small bird house behind, suitable for taking pictures h
The Ikuta Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in the country. It sits pretty much in the centre of town and surrounded by modern buildings. It is busy and the crowds can be large. There is a nice grove of trees in the back of the shrine that can provide some relief from the sun and the heat. It is worth the visit for sure and it's pretty easy to get to. The shrine itself is beautiful and ornate on the outside, humble and unflashy inside. There are lots of displays in English telling you about the place, it's origins, how it survived floods and earthquakes, the famous visitors and how to cleanse yourself before prayer. The forest garden is small but serene. The highlight was the old, old tree that must have fallen but it is mounted so you can see it's rings. A lovely place!