Ikuta Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. According to the Nihon Shoki (the Chronicles of Japan), it is founded as early as the 3rd century AD.
Moreover, according to the chronicle, it was founded by Empress Jingu to enshrine the kami Wakahirume.It still continues as a prayer sanctuary for pilgrims, and sacred place for unity for Shinto wedding ceremony.
Aside from the beautiful structures, the shrine also exhibits Noh plays, Ebira and Ikuta Atsumori, which retells the Genpei War. It is performed every year during Ikuta's Autumn Festival.
Ikuta Shrine can be easily reached by a few minutes walk from either JR Sannomiya or Hankyu Sannomiya Stations.
The shrine is open all year round with no entrance fee charges.
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