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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.

01

【About】About 10 minutes from Hakata station in central Fukuoka, getting off the train at Kashī station. Kashīgū is about 20 minutes on foot.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

02

【About】Walking 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

03

【About】Kashī-Miyamae station on the Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line can be seen in the distance. It is one of the closest station to Kashīgū.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

04

【About】The street on the other side of JR Kagoshima line is called Chokushidō. This tree-lined street is the main path to Kashīgū.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

05

【About】A stone monument with the letters "Taisha-Kashīgū" The word “Kanpei” is filled up but still readable.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

06

【About】Soon after the railroad crossing there is the first torī of Kashīgū.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

07

【About】Before continuing on to Kashīgū, going up the slope on the right.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

08

【About】On top of this slope is the Tongū of Kashīgū.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

09

【About】A 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

10

【About】Going down the slope and returning to the Chokushidō.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

11

【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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

12

【About】Looking 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

13

【About】Continuing on to Kashīgū. This brilliant tree-lined street was constructed using trees dedicated to the shrine in 1926.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

14

【About】The path crosses JR Kashī line.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

15

【About】Approaching Kashīgū.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

16

【About】Kashīgū in sight on the left side.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

17

【About】The second torī, at the entrance of Kashīgū.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

18

【About】The sign of Kashīgū.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

19

【About】Next to the torī there is a sign board with the Kashīgū made of mizuhiki, decorative Japanese cord made from twisted paper, drawn on.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

20

【About】Going through the torī.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

21

【About】The path continuing to the main shrine.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

22

【About】On the left is a Benten-sha.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

23

【About】This Benten-sha is dedicated for Ichikishima-no-mikoto, and is said it is here since the Kashīgū was founded.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

24

【About】The Benten-sha built on a small island in a pond.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

25

【About】Around June, more than 2000 irises will be in full bloom.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

26

【About】Continuing on to the main shrine.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

27

【About】The third torī.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

28

【About】After going through the third torī, there is a Rō-mon. This gate was rebuilt in 1903.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

29

【About】The Rō-mon from the rear.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

30

【About】After going through the Rō-mon, there is a chōzuya, a watershed to cleanse your hands.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

31

【About】Near 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

32

【About】Continuing on.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

33

【About】In front of thestone steps is a pair of Komainu. This one on the right.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

34

【About】The komainu on the left..
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

35

【About】Going up the stone steps, the last corner to the main shrine. On the right is the Aya-sugi.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

36

【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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

37

【About】On the top of the last stone steps is the Naka-mon. This gate was also rebuilt in 1903.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

38

【About】Going through the Naka-mon.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

39

【About】The hengaku carried on the haiden with the words "香椎宮 (Kashīgū)"
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

40

【About】From 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

41

【About】The Naka-mon from the rear.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

42

【About】The 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

43

【About】The Honden surrounded by a fence.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

44

【About】A 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

45

【About】The Honden from the roof.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

46

【About】The Honden from the left side.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

47

【About】The 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

48

【About】Trees grow thick inside the fence around the Honden.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

49

【About】On the left side of the Honden is Takeuchi shrine.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

50

【About】The Sōgakuden, where ceremonial music or dances are performed, on the left of the Honden.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

51

【About】Going all the way around the Honden and to the Juyo-sho.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

52

【About】A number tag handed while waiting to get a goshuin.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

53

【About】The goshuin of Kashīgū.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

54

【About】On 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

55

【About】The shinsen-sho on the right side of the honden. It is where the food that are served for the dieties are prepared.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

56

【About】The gate on the right of the honden leads to the Furō-sui.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

57

【About】On 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

58

【About】About a five minute walk to Furō-sui.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

59

【About】A torī that leads out side of the shrine.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

60

【About】The street right in front leads to the Furō-sui, but before continuing on, taking a detour to the Furumiya on the right.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

61

【About】On 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

62

【About】It 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".
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

63

【About】The path to the right of the Saniwa saijo.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

64

【About】The path leads to where Emperor Chūai set up a camp to defeat the Kumaso.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

65

【About】Emperor 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

66

【About】Leaving the Furumiya. On the other side of the road is where Kashīgū is now.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

67

【About】Continuing on to the Furō-sui. An average residential area.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

68

【About】There are not many signs leading to the Furō-sui but is not a difficult way.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

69

【About】Soon a wooden sign indicating the entrance of the Furō-sui will be in site.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

70

【About】Approaching the Furō-sui.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

71

【About】Inside the torī there is the well which the spring water, "Furō-sui", comes out.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

72

【About】The well is inside the shed.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

73

【About】Opening the door. This door is locked outside of opening hours.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

74

【About】Lifting 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

75

【About】There are some cups and a funnel to have this water.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

76

【About】Drinking the Furō-sui. However the sign here says to boil the water before drinking it.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

77

【About】Leaving the Furō-sui.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

78

【About】Returning to the Kashīgū.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

79

【About】Going through the torī.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

80

【About】Back at the main shrine.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

81

【About】Going through the Naka-mon and seeing the Aya-sugi.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

82

【About】Beside the Aya-sugi is Inari shrine and Keiseki shrine.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

83

【About】Keiseki 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

84

【About】After passing Keiseki shrine, there is a small pond called Kame-no-ike. Around the pond is an azalea garden.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

85

【About】Around the hill next to the pond are some stone monuments.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

86

【About】A statue of Takeuchi-no-Sukune. The baby in his arms is Emperor Ōjin.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

87

【About】On 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

88

【About】At 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

89

【About】Near the Aya-sugi, there is the Chokushi-kan. It is where the Chokushi, imperial envoy stays.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

90

【About】The Aya-sugi seen from in front of the Chokushi-kan.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

91

【About】Looking back at the Naka-mon.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

92

【About】Going back to the entrance.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

93

【About】Leaving Kashīgū.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

94

【About】On 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.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

95

【About】Going to the opposite direction. It is an average street unlike the Chokushidō.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

96

【About】In about 3 minutes, Kashī-jingū station can be found on the right.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

97

【About】Kashī-jingū station is the nearest station to Kashīgū. A torī is drawn on the station sign.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

98

【About】Getting on Kashī line, and heading for the next destination.
【Date】2019, Dec. 31st 【Location】Fukuoka, Fukuoka

The next destination is Shikaumi shrine.

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