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Chikuzen Province Ichinomiya Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine

Take your time exploring the shrine grounds and feel the power here at "Old Sumiyoshi"! Fukuoka City's Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine is beloved as the home of this god.

Chikuzen Province Ichinomiya Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine was built 1,800 years ago, and was the first of Japan's Sumiyoshi-jinja shrines. In old texts, it is referred to as "Japan's primary Sumiyoshi-miya Shrine" or "Sumiyoshi Main Shrine."

The shrine's deities are the three Sumiyoshi deities, including its principal "kami" deity, Sokotsutsu-no-o-no-Kami, Nakatsutsu-no-o-o-no-Kami, Uwatsutsu-no-o-no-Kami; as well as the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, and the enshrined spirit of Empress Jingu. Collectively, they are known as the Deities of the 5 Sumiyoshis.

Legend tells that Izanagi, one of the gods said to have created Japan, created the three Sumiyoshi deities/the three ocean gods through a water purification. Because of this, they are believed to have the power to protect the pure hearts of their followings to bring them through any misfortune. One of the Sumiyoshi deities, Tsutsuno-o, is also especially worshipped for maritime protection/protection on the seas.

Chikuzen Province Ichinomiya Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine has a total area of 26,753 square meters.
This vast piece of land is filled with historical places, including the Main Hall, a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property; the "Nozoki Inari," a mirror into which pilgrims gaze at themselves as they pray (which is said to ensure their prayers are heard), the "One Night Pine Sacred Tree" to the lefthand side of the shrine hall (said to grant blessings of childbirth and longevity. The tree once grew too close to the shrine and was to be cut, but miraculously grew straight overnight), the Ebisu Statue, which grants different blessings depending on where you touch it, and more.
When you visit, take your time walking around the shrine grounds, and take in all the benefits of its spiritual power.
Access from Otani Sanso About 135 min by car
Recommended by locals

Annual Events and Festivals
– Spring: Onda Festival, March 7th: After ritually sowing seeds in the rice fields before the deity of the shrine, a ritual will be held to pray for a bountiful harvest of the traditional five grains (wheat, rice, beans, and two types of millet). There will also be a traditonal performance of Iwato Kagura music (designated an Intangible Cultural Property by Fukuoka Prefecture).

– Summer: Great Nagoshi Festival, July 30th-August 21st: A ritual in which to “pass through and purify yourself” and “cleanse mind and spirit” (Visitors will pass through a sacred wreath to purify themselves).

– Autumn: Annual Festival (Sumo Festival), October 12th-14th: A children’s parade, horseback archery, and sumo competitions between youngsters will be held within the shrine grounds. This festival is held in gratitude for the safe return of the Empress Jingu, after her travel to Korea.

– Winter: Tsuina Festival: “Oni-sube” (a ritual to drive away demons) and “Uso-kae” (a ritualistic exchange of bullfinch figurines) rituals will be performed.

*Other annual festivals and events are introduced on the shrine’s official website. You might consider taking a look before making a visit.

Address Available: Capacity of about 50 vehicles
Parking Available: Capacity of about 50 vehicles
Business/Opening Hours Reception 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *For opening times during shrine festivals, please refer to the shrine's official website.
Holidays/Closed Days Open all year

There is different parking for visitors for away rituals. Please see the shrine website for details.

Website [Official] The official website of Fukuoka (Hakata)'s Chikuzen Province Ichinomiya Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine, located in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City. Known fondly by the local people as "Old Sumiyoshi," the shrine also hosts shrine-front weddings, various prayer services, and seasonal festivals.別ウィンドウ