Usa Shrine (Usa Jingu) is the head shrine among thousands of Shrines across Japan. The shrine is dedicated to the god of archery and war (or military power), Hachiman. It poses as the most important institution in honing the religion and culture of Kunisaki Peninsula (Northern Oita).
It is regarded as one of CNN's 31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan.
Entering the west side, visitors will first see Kurehashi, a vermillion-laquered bridge with thatched roof. The bridge has doors that's only opened once in ten years.
Atop the hill is where the main shrine complex is perched. The upper shrine consists of three main halls dedicated to Hachiman (Emperor Ojin), to his wife (Hime Okami), and his mother (Empress Jingu). The lower shrine complex located at the base of the hill, is also dedicated to those three deities.
Visitors can enjoy a local delicacy dubbed as negiyaki or green onion pancake within the shrine.
Take JR Nippo main line and alight to Usa Station then take Oita Kotsu bus to Nakatsu, and get-off to Usa Hachiman Stop.
The shrine is open for visitors daily, except on Tuesdays. Admission is free inside the shrine, and entering the treasure hall costs 300 Yen for adults, 200 Yen for High School and Middle School, and 100 Yen for Elementary students.
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