Updated: August 09, 2017
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Kushida Shrine In Fukuoka: One Of Japan's Most Interesting Urban Shrines!

Kushida shrine is an 8th century shrine beloved by the people of Fukuoka. It is affectionately called Okushida-san by the locals. Kushida shrine is a must-see spot when you travel to Fukuoka. Here is more about the famous shrine!

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Kushida Shrine

Kushida shrine is a holy place of shintoism (the ethnic religion of Japan). The shrine is in dedication to the sun goddess Amaterasu (most important diety in the shinto religion) and two other gods. It was built in 757 and has a distinct character. The grounds of the shrine is packed with interesting things to see and do.
The shrine is the base of the Hakata Gion Yamasaka Matsuri, Fukuoka's most famous float festival. The most impressive floats are kept on the shrine's grounds. These are 5 meters tall decorative floats called Kazari Yamakasa.
The shrine has its own massive gingko tree that is believe to be 1000 years old. In the fall the tree turns into a vibrant shade of yellow.
On the ceiling of the tower gate near the entrance you will see this impressive disc with the signs of the Chinese zodiac and the four cardinal points carved on it. The arrow in the middle points to this year lucky direction.
If you visit in the winter, you'll have the chance to walk through the biggest otafuku mask in Japan! This is another famous feature of the shrine. Passing through it is said to bring you good luck!
This is the Chikara Ishi (stone of strength) on which are carved the characters "test" and "stone". You can try to lift it if you want! Traditionally, sumo wrestlers exhibited their strength by doing so. There are a couple of similar stones near it but only the test stone can be used for this challenge.
Finally, while you are there, do not forget to get your omikuji! Omikuji is a fortune slip usually sold near shrines. You can buy some at Kushida Shrine that are written in English.

Lastly...

Make sure to visit the Kushida Shrine when you visit Fukuoka!

Address: 1-41 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Access: 5 minute walk from the Nakasu-Kawabata Station and the Gion Station.
Hours: 4:00-22:00
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