Aso Shrine

Records state this Shinto shrine was founded in 282 BCE. The head shrine of the 500-some Aso shrines across the country, the shrine is dedicated to Takeiwatatsu-no-Mikoto and eleven other related deities. This ancient shrine combines Shinto with a mountain faith which worships the caldera of Mt. Aso as a sacred object, and is revered as the most important shrine in what was Higo Province (now Kumamoto Prefecture). Six of the shrines structures, such as its main shrine building and two-storied gate have been designated National Important Cultural Properties. In particular, its two-storied gate is one of the largest in Kyushu and is counted as one of the three greatest two-storied shrine gates in all of Japan. Some of the shrine's many other highlights include a stone which is said to grant wishes, and a pine tree which is said to grant luck in finding love and marriage.

Spot details

Kumamoto Aso-shi Ichinomiyamachi Miyaji 3083-1 map map Map
Aso Area
[Amulet Place] 9:00-17:00
[Parking Lot] 6:00-18:00
open everyday
Parking Lot
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*Access to Grounds is restricted due to disaster restoration work.
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (outdoors only)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • My lack of planning proved no impediment to enjoying the experience!
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.26
    Travelling to Miyaji on a JR Hohi Line Limited Express, my primarly motivation for the journey was to sample JRs attractive Kawasemi Yamasemi scenic train for the return journey to Kumamoto. With...
  • the shrine to visit, 阿苏神社
    4.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.03
    Aso Shrine (阿蘇神社, Aso-jinja) is one of the oldest shrines in Japan. Our homework shows that the shrine holds several Important Cultural Properties including Ichi-no-shinden (一の神殿), Ni-no-shinden...
  • Under restoration
    3.0 Reviewed : 2021.01.18
    Aso Shrine is a big Shinto shrine in Miyaji, Aso. After the earthquake of Kumamoto, it was severely damaged and is still under restoration. The gate was covered, but a large picture of the gate was...

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