Kirishima Jingu Shrine, Kagoshima
Kirishima Jingu Shrine is the shrine founded in the era of the 6th century Emperor Kinmei, originating from the mountain belief of Mt. Takachiho-no-mine. It is also described in Engishiki jinmyocho (a register of shrines in Japan of the middle of the Heian Period), and it is Kanpei-taisha (grand shrines under the control of the department of worship) which has a very good honor and formality. Ninigi-no Mikoto who was the grandchild of Amaterasu Omikami (the God of the sun) is the main enshrined deity, and the empress’s Konohana sakuya-hime and posterity are deified.
Kirishima Jingu Shrine is the place of the legend of Tensonkorin (the sun goddess’s grandson’s descent to earth), which is said to be the God, Ninigi-no Mikoto, appearing in Japanese mythology. Currently, as sacred place, many people are visiting. There are many hot-springs scattered around Jingu, and many travelers enjoy sacred place and hot springs.
Originally, it seems that the main shrine was located near the crater of Mt. Takachiho-no-mine which rises in the northeast direction, which is supposed to be the land of the Takamagahara descent of Ninigi-no Mikoto. However, it was founded in the present land in 1715 after some relocation and reconstruction due to the damage of the eruption.
The precincts of Kirishima Jingu Shrine are in a rich greenery at the foot of the mountain.
There are plenty of places of interest as well as places to worship as the important cultural assets of the country, places where strange phenomena called “the seven wonders” occurs, sacred tree, observation point with a fine view. “Kogushi” which was the location of the former main shrine of the neighbor, and “Amenosakahoko” (a kind of halberd which appears in the myths of medieval Japan) of Mt. Takachiho-no-mine etc are also noteworthy sacred places.
Mt. Takachiho-no-mine rising across Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures. The elevation 1,573 meters is the second height in the Kirishima Mountain Range.
This place is a powerful sacred place that was the stage of the succession of Tensonkorin, the core episode of Japanese mythology.
|Name:||Kirishima Jingu Shrine|
|Address:||Kirishimataguchi 2608-5 Kirishima, Kagoshima 899-4201 Japan|
|Access:||JR Nippou Tetsudo-sen Line “Kirishima Jingu-eki Station” (15 minutes by car)|