"A Shinto shrine located in the center of Sumoto City 10 minutes from the Sumoto interchange on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. Dedicated to the same goddess as Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima island of Aki (Hiroshima)-Ichikishimahime-no-Mikoto. During the period when the syncretism of Buddhism and Shintoism flourished in Japan, this goddess was seen as another aspect of Benzaiten, and as such the shrine is also known as the ""Awaji Island Benzaiten."" Known to locals as ""Benten-san,"" during the shrine's fall festival, called the Benzaiten Festival, festival stalls open up all along the surrounding streets, and the area bustles with visitors. The ""Goshinko"" deity transference ceremony conducted on the final day of the festival is considered one of Japan's top ""unusual"" festival rituals."
Hyougo Pref. Sumotoshi Honmachi 4-1-27
Hyougo Pref. Sumotoshi Honmachi 4-1-27 [map]
- Grounds free
- open everyday
- Parking Lot
- Credit Card
- Not available
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- View route from Station View route from Bus Stop View route from IC View route from Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Hyogo Main Areas
Hyogo prefecture stretches from the north coast to the south coast on the western end of the popular Kansai region, encompassing verdant mountains, urban beaches, and fantastic historical sights. The prefecture’s main attractions lie along the south coast at Kobe, the prefectural capital, a pretty harbor city best known for its production of the renowned Kobe beef, and Himeji, the home of Himeji Castle, one of the country’s most beautifully preserved feudal castles, perched magically atop a hill.