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Kashīgū~a shrine dedicated to Emperor Chūai by Empress Jingū

Article writtenFeb. 29th, 2020
Dec. 31st,2019
Kashīgū is a shrine which is told that Empress Jingū had built for her husband Emperor Chūai. It is one of the 16 shrines which an imperial envoy 'Chokushi' performs rituals once in ten years.
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Kashīgū is a shrine located in Higashi-ku, Fukuoka city. In the modern system of ranked Shinto shrines, Kashīgū was ranked as a "Kanpei-sha",the highest rank. It is also a "Chokusaisha", one of the 16 shrines which an imperial envoy, "Chokushi", performs rituals once in ten years.

Originally, Kashīgū was founded as a mausoleum for Emperor Chūai. He was enshrined here by the hands of Empress Jingū where the Kashīgū is now, and eventually Empress Jingū was enshrined here together.

Visiting Kashīgū enshrining a pair of married couple gods, Emperor Chūai and Empress Jingū.

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AboutAbout 10 minutes from Hakata station in central Fukuoka, getting off the train at Kashī station. Kashīgū is about 20 minutes on foot.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutWalking along the tracks for a while. A stone monument saying "大社香椎宮近道 (meaning: Shortcut to Kashīgū)" can be seen. The path to the left leads to Kashīgū too, but continuing on.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutKashī-Miyamae station on the Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line can be seen in the distance. It is one of the closest station to Kashīgū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe street on the other side of JR Kagoshima line is called Chokushidō. This tree-lined street is the main path to Kashīgū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutA stone monument with the letters "Taisha-Kashīgū" The word “Kanpei” is filled up but still readable.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutSoon after the railroad crossing there is the first torī of Kashīgū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutBefore continuing on to Kashīgū, going up the slope on the right.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn top of this slope is the Tongū of Kashīgū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutA Tongū is where a mikoshi travels to in a festival. Once in two years, 3 mikoshi s travels here along with a procession of people in traditional costumes. The Tongū is under reconstruction now.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing down the slope and returning to the Chokushidō.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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About Chokushidō is the main path to Kashīgū and is about 1km long. In old times it is said that it was only used by imperial envoys or in special occasions.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutLooking back at the railroad crossing. The shoreline used to be around where the Nishitetsu Kaizuka line runs, but in the Showa period the sea was reclaimed and now the shoreline is about 1km away.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutContinuing on to Kashīgū. This brilliant tree-lined street was constructed using trees dedicated to the shrine in 1926.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe path crosses JR Kashī line.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutApproaching Kashīgū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutKashīgū in sight on the left side.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe second torī, at the entrance of Kashīgū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe sign of Kashīgū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutNext to the torī there is a sign board with the Kashīgū made of mizuhiki, decorative Japanese cord made from twisted paper, drawn on.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing through the torī.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe path continuing to the main shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn the left is a Benten-sha.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThis Benten-sha is dedicated for Ichikishima-no-mikoto, and is said it is here since the Kashīgū was founded.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Benten-sha built on a small island in a pond.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAround June, more than 2000 irises will be in full bloom.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutContinuing on to the main shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe third torī.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAfter going through the third torī, there is a Rō-mon. This gate was rebuilt in 1903.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Rō-mon from the rear.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAfter going through the Rō-mon, there is a chōzuya, a watershed to cleanse your hands.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutNear the chōzuya there is Takeuchi shrine, an auxiliary shrine. It is dedicated for Takeuchi-no-Sukune-no-mikoto, one of the five great vassals serving Emperor Chūai and Empress Jingū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutContinuing on.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIn front of thestone steps is a pair of Komainu. This one on the right.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe komainu on the left..
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing up the stone steps, the last corner to the main shrine. On the right is the Aya-sugi.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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About Aya-sugi is a cedar tree over 1800 years old. When Empress Jingū returned from Sankan-seibatsu, the Korean Invasion, she buried the three treasures, a sword, a spear and a cane and planted a cedar stick there making a pledge to protect the dynasty forever.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn the top of the last stone steps is the Naka-mon. This gate was also rebuilt in 1903.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing through the Naka-mon.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe hengaku carried on the haiden with the words "香椎宮 (Kashīgū)"
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutFrom this side, three buildings, The haiden, the heiden and the honden. In an average shrine the heiden is what is called a haiden but in Kashīgū it is called the heiden since it is where the imperial envoy performs ritual ceremonies to present the Heihaku, sacred silk and other sacred materials.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Naka-mon from the rear.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Honden, main shrine, is Kashī-zukuri, an architectural style only seen in Kashīgū. It was built by Kuroda Narikiyo the 10th head of Fukuoka domain in 1801.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Honden surrounded by a fence.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutA roof in a complicated shape, with a hip-and-gable roof with a bargeboard in front, and a gable roof sticking out left and right.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Honden from the roof.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Honden from the left side.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Honden seen through the fence. There is a porch on both sides, so the dieties can get on and off a mikoshi or an ox carriage directly.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutTrees grow thick inside the fence around the Honden.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn the left side of the Honden is Takeuchi shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Sōgakuden, where ceremonial music or dances are performed, on the left of the Honden.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing all the way around the Honden and to the Juyo-sho.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutA number tag handed while waiting to get a goshuin.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe goshuin of Kashīgū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn the side of the heiden is a gun barrel which belonged to Imperial Japanese Navy battle ship Settsu. It was placed here in 1923 in commemoration of Empress Teimei's visit to the shrine traveling on the vessel in 1922.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe shinsen-sho on the right side of the honden. It is where the food that are served for the dieties are prepared.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe gate on the right of the honden leads to the Furō-sui.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn the left is Makio shrine, an auxiliary shrine dedicated for Nakatomi-no-Ikatsu, one of the five great vassals serving Emperor Chūai and Empress Jingū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAbout a five minute walk to Furō-sui.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutA torī that leads out side of the shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe street right in front leads to the Furō-sui, but before continuing on, taking a detour to the Furumiya on the right.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn top of the stone steps is the Saniwa saijo. This is where Empress Jingū built a shrine for her husband Emperor Chūai and where the Kashīgū was founded.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIt is told that the Saniwa saijo is where Empress Jingū and the vassals had a council around the coffin of Emperor Chūai. The tree standing inside is called "Kan-kake-no-shī (棺掛椎, meaning: Castanopsis tree to lean a coffin)". It is said that when Empress Jingū, wanting to hide Emperor Chūai's death leaned the coffin against this tree , a pleasant smell filled the area and the foul odor faded out. Also it is said that it is the origin of the name around this area "Kashī".
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe path to the right of the Saniwa saijo.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe path leads to where Emperor Chūai set up a camp to defeat the Kumaso.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutEmperor Chūai died here when he was staying here to defeat the Kumaso. It is said that his death is because he went against the three Sumiyoshi gods's oracle.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutLeaving the Furumiya. On the other side of the road is where Kashīgū is now.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutContinuing on to the Furō-sui. An average residential area.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThere are not many signs leading to the Furō-sui but is not a difficult way.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutSoon a wooden sign indicating the entrance of the Furō-sui will be in site.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutApproaching the Furō-sui.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutInside the torī there is the well which the spring water, "Furō-sui", comes out.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe well is inside the shed.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOpening the door. This door is locked outside of opening hours.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutLifting the lid, the Furō-sui springs inside. "Furō-sui" means "the water of eternal youth". It is said that Takeuchi-no-Sukune drank this water and lived until 300.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThere are some cups and a funnel to have this water.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutDrinking the Furō-sui. However the sign here says to boil the water before drinking it.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutLeaving the Furō-sui.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutReturning to the Kashīgū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing through the torī.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutBack at the main shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing through the Naka-mon and seeing the Aya-sugi.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutBesides the Aya-sugi is Inari shrine and Keiseki shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutKeiseki shrine with a pair of statues of chicken in front. It is said that a Buddhist priest changed a chicken into a rock to enshrine it in the Edo period. It is a unique shrine that deifies a chicken.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAfter passing Keiseki shrine, there is a small pond called Kame-no-ike. Around the pond is an azalea garden.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAround the hill next to the pond are some stone monuments.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutA statue of Takeuchi-no-Sukune. The baby in his arms is Emperor Ōjin.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn top of the hill is an auxiliary shrine, Hayatsuji shrine. The enshrined diety is Ōtomo-no-Takemochi, one of the five great vassals serving Emperor Chūai and Empress Jingū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAt the foot of the hill is an auxiliary shrine, Hamao shrine. It was originally near the railroad crossing of JR Kagoshima line but due to land readjustment it was moved here temporarily.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutNear the Aya-sugi, there is the Chokushi-kan. It is where the Chokushi, imperial envoy stays.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Aya-sugi seen from in front of the Chokushi-kan.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutLooking back at the Naka-mon.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing back to the entrance.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutLeaving Kashīgū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn the other side of the street is an auxiliary shrine, Kuchise shrine. The enshrined diety is Hata-no-Yashiro-no-Sukune, the son of Takeuchi-no-Sukune.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing to the opposite direction. It is an average street unlike the Chokushidō.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIn about 3 minutes, Kashī-jingū station can be found on the right.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutKashī-jingū station is the nearest station to Kashīgū. A torī is drawn on the station sign.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGetting on Kashī line, and heading for the next destination.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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